Richard Dagenhart's 4th design lesson: boundaries need not be buffers

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Boundaries create a political landscape – visibly present – that defines our spatial relationships says former Georgia Tech instructor Richard Dagenhart. To be successful, they must possess three important features: 1) Boundaries must be transparent, otherwise they are simply barriers. 2) A threshold, such as a gate, is essential to identify where crossing a boundary is permitted and where it is not. 3) Some permanence is important; a boundary serves no purpose if it marks a boundary one day and disappears the next. Common boundaries include storefronts, fences, hedges, and retaining walls. Dagenhart notes that today we see too many buffers and barriers that separate, instead of boundaries that join and recommends designers pay close attention to the separation of public and private spaces. 

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School of City & Regional Planning, School of Architecture

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