The Role of Liminal Spaces in the Production of Right to the City
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How do we understand the space between the inside of a building and its outside; how do we understand the threshold, the in-between? Liminal spaces or thresholds demarcate different boundaries of access for different groups of people. These thresholds can be physical, notional or metaphorical such as a staircase, a doorway, windows, the notional but perhaps ignored boundary between a road and its footpath. As we cross a threshold, we move from one space to another and therefore arise questions of public or private property, territoriality, the embodied experience of this physical transition. Being points of access, or lack there-of, they generate sensorial experiences of fear, anticipation or simply mundanity. To put it simply, urban thresholds are the markers of inclusion or exclusion for different groups of people. They define movement in the entire city, they define one’s right to the city. However, these liminal spaces may not be as firm in establishing social boundaries as different individuals try to reclaim their place in the city, not politically but rather through quiet appropriation.

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