Hannah Pether // Offenbach

The Threshold: Home of Many Worlds

Can thresholds – as active archives of daily life – be utilised to decipher and reconnect their wider fragmented contexts (physical, social, cultural), creating a sense of place in an otherwise transient city?

This thesis project explores how the leftover spaces within a city – the voids formed by courtyards mediating public and private space – offer the potential for re-engagement with the wider city.

Set within Offenbach, a prototype ‘Arrival City’, the proposal seeks to remedy the inherent complexities of such transient areas – the extremely high migrant population and population turnover, limiting the right of many in the city to a conventional vote. It seeks to give each individual a voice and story within the city through a deconstructed parliamentary model, mediating domestic and civic space to create a place of integration, debate and refuge: a ‘city within a city’.

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