Schwellenatlas

Laurent Stalder, Elke Beyer, Kim Förster, Anke Hagemann (eds.)
Special issue ARCH+ 191/192, 2009

The current Threshold Atlas is – in its contentual and ironic differentiation from the usual genre of structural engineering compendia – at last a comprehensive manual for practical but culturally and historically reflected design of entry-, passage- and throughways. In design decisions has it ever been considered how an automatic door closer disciplines its users, how biometric access control fragments the body or what mirror glass says about late capitalism? An analysis of the background of concrete architectural elements and technical objects says much about the conventions and conditions of present-day building. Starting with specific elements and technical apparatus of the threshold, the authors take a conceptual look at the diverse fields of discourse concerning thresholds and the relationship between the inside and outside, and which at the same time determine architectural practice. What changes are the design and significance of physical thresholds undergoing and how are they modifying conventional ideas of space?

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