Inbetween place: the emergence of the essence
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The study aims to develop the theory of inbetween place. The inbetweens have been important elements in architectural design as transitional and reconciling realms. Architecture of place and its theories has been dominated the environmental design as place-making. However, the inbetween environments have not been clarified in significant, living place-forms for interval embodiment and systemic relationships between juxtaposing places. Through inbetween places, domains in juxtaposition will be comprehensively integrated as the whole. By a triangulation from three standpoints—phenomenological, embodied realism, and neo-structuralism—through case studies, the intrinsic characteristics and underlying essence of inbetween modes of place is identified. The study argues that inbetween places present themselves as living forms of connectedness, embodied presence, and significant pauses. Distinctive inbetween presences of place emerge from three frameworks—synthesized presence of place and the inbetweens, embodied presence of the inbetweens, and presence of inbetween “Significant Forms.” On presence of place and the inbetweens, inbetween places reflect living forms of intervals as interconnecting mediums between neighboring places. As an interval place, inbetween places, based on embodied presence, can be defined as distinct body of junctions by organized complexity of edges. According to Langer’s term “Significant Form” of place, inbetween places convey the symbolic presence of associative, edging layers that clarify differences and spatial relations between environmental juxtapositions. From a framework triangulation, inbetween places manifest complex interval domains of associative junctions as fundamental composite presences of: 1) defined inbetween containments; 2) active edging junctions or layers of juxtaposition; and 3) associative layers with places in juxtaposition. The essential quality of concrete, interrelating junctions between places separates inbetween places from inbetween placeless-ness. Inbetween places are intermediary domains creating vital and aesthetic links between places in juxtaposition; on the other hand, inbetween placeless-ness is deprived of a significant place of meaningful interactions with nearby realms. Thus, inbetween places turn out to be critical domains to develop comprehensive relationships between juxtaposing places, drawing different domains nearby to be bonded through the presence of adaptive, edging layers of places.
Laiprakobsup, Narongpon (2007). Inbetween place: the emergence of the essence. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from