Urban boundaries are multitudinous. Urban design and associated disciplines concerned with shaping place often base their readings of space and the implementation of urban projects around tangible, mapped legal and administrative borders. Yet, despite the prominent role that they play in shaping cities, there is little academic literature on the subject of borders in urban design, and little thought given to how methods of site analysis might better take account of borders – both tangible and intangible. This paper reflects on the potential use of one approach using deep mapping combined with photography that would allow for a creative but grounded reading of the urban boundary of Paris; a reading that can take account of the intangible nature of borders as they are change over time and that can reveal that the administrative border is just one reading of many as to where the threshold of Paris lies – intra muros, extra muros and in muros.
Devereux, M. (2020, April). Intra, extra et in muros : Reflecting on a potential multi-disciplinary method to inform a new, urbanist understanding of liminality and temporality in contemporary urban borders. Paper presented at Somewhere in Between: Borders and Borderlands, St Anne's College, Oxford University