EDGE DEVELOPMENT THIN EDGE

Here a minor intervention, a wall 3 metres high, introduces a series of significant spatial divisions. The location and dimension of the wall simultaneously separates and links the organoponico to adjacent buildings. At ground level, the space between the wall and buildings is perceived as an urban area, like an urban square, or plaza, bounded and contained by walls and buildings. This space has an urban quality and intensity. On the other side of the wall, a person is shielded from the adjoining buildings and their view is concentrated towards the market garden. The wall intensifies the contrast between an urban and rural condition.

Pedestrians moving from one side of the wall to the other experience this contrast.

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THIN EDGE

The change in experience can be understood as a marker, recording the change between the working day and domestic or relaxing time. The daily change between rural and urban condition is another example of urban intensification, introduced by the location of productive landscape. It can be compared to the weekly contrasting environment experienced by people occupying country cottages during weekends and town houses during the

week.