Подпись: The fence of the Organoponico La Calzada, in Cienfuegos is used to dry laundry.


Transitory occupation changes the way in which an edge is perceived. A fence hung with washing to dry demonstrates how the use of an edge changes the way a passer-by views the urban agriculture field beyond. Someone looking towards the field will focus alternately on the materials in the foreground and the background. In this situation one reads an adjacent surface, the fabric hung out to dry first and later the earth and crops beyond. As the fabrics change, so new visual relationships are set up between foreground and background, a constantly changing dialogue between the vertically hung cloth and the horizontal ground.



image110Imagine the effect of several rows of washing along the edge of an urban agriculture site; this is an example of a thick edge. Thick edges accommodate different types of inhabitation, separating private and public space and in so doing add to the urban experience.

Thick edges may accommodate a variety of occupations, for example, a surface for play, a garden for leisure or plat­forms for picnics.

Figure 17.31

Подпись: Alternating views from a staircase, to one side views of the Pueblo Grifo Nuevo organoponico in Cienfuegos and to the other side views of adjacent buildings.