Department: Contextual Design

Performative Sp aces

Borders are essentially connected to
how people live in physical spaces.
A place cannot exist without some kind
of boundary. Man’s essential relationship
to places begins with dwellings, a basic
aspect of human existence. A border limits
a physical domain, but the perception
of the border itself implies various spatial
capacities too. This project begins with
the notion of the spatial quality of physical
boundaries in connection-space.

The thesis looks at alternative forms of
spatial borders that intimate perspectives
beyond the function as a limiting barrier.
The research focused on structural
elements of boundaries in connectionspaces,
that create relationships between
the boundary and human beings, through
their capacity for spatial cognition.

By reviewing existing elements in
connective spaces, a boundary could
enhance its spatial capacity by adopting
a flexible structure of flow. The flexible
units are transformed to reveal the depth of
space by the use of certain materials, fluid
repetition and overlapping. I propose that
a border can create a negotiable structure,
to influence the way people interact with
border spaces.

The design proposes a new spatial capacity
and perception of space through the
transformation of the structural qualities
of boundaries between spaces. The
flexible boundary-modules suggest various
applications. They will also be modified
through experiential use, strengthening
the aesthetics and function within limited

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Photographs: Joost Govers