This paper is to elaborate on the development on the perceived notion of the threshold in the context of architecture and urban design. It will be shown that the threshold as a space between different spaces is a phenomenon that has evolved and altered in the course of time. Accompanied by changes of technical and social circumstances, the threshold developed unique shapes and forms within each historical period. It is argued that modern architectural features and urban design are going hand in hand with recent modes of lifestyle and perception of the environment. Contemporary changes in the character of the threshold must be compensated by new means of both, flexibility and unity.
|Keywords:||architecture, threshold, urban planning, transition, transitory space, in-between space, open wholeness|
Professor, Hochschule Wismar University of Applied Sciences, NIEMANN + STEEGE, Wismar, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany