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From Boundaries to Belvederes

The definition of space through boundary treatments is fundamental to architecture and placemaking. Historically, boundaries of natural materials have created enclosure and signified shelter within otherwise open and wild landscapes. From the landscapes of Italian Renaissance paintings to the vernacular traditions of rural Britain, the treatment of boundaries in architecture has long been intertwined with concepts of regional and civic identity as well as expressions of the fundamental human need for security and protection.

Over a 30-year exploration of neighbourhood design and identity, Proctor & Matthews has developed a distinctive approach to the roles of boundaries in placemaking. This exhibition presents the studios recent work, focussed on the definition of settlement edges, investigating threshold conditions at the interface of public and private realms and articulating the delicate balance between inner inhabited or domesticated worlds and ‘wild landscapes’ beyond. The moments when boundaries become belvederes.

See the London Festival of Architecture programme here

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