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The Balcony as an Urban Element: Threshold, Common World and Rythmanalysis

Charitonidou, Marianna; id_orcid0000-0003-1083-4861;
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  • Published: 01 Jul 2020
  • Publisher: ETH Zurich
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract
To start, it would be interesting to refer to the etymology of the word ‘balcony’. ‘Balcone’ derived from ‘balco’, which in old Italian means ‘scaffold’, and ‘one’, which is an augmentative suffix. It means big scaffold. Balconies differ from their cousins, terraces (because they are cantilevered), and viewing platforms (because they are attached to dwellings). The “Balcony” was one of the elements that was investigated in the Venice Biennale of 2014 curated by Rem Koolhaas, which was devoted to the topic “Elements of Architecture”. The section of the exhibition that was devoted to the ‘Balcony’ curated by Tom Avermaete was structured around three narrative line...
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