Highrise living in the downtown core is typified by a sense of disconnection - from nature, from the street, from neighbours. The impenetrable podium street wall, the I internal elevator core and the fascination with the distant view, all work to limit opportunities for social interaction and connection to the neighbourhood. Real connections require sufficient inbetween spaces that transition between inside and outside, between public and private, between street and building, ground and sky.
Inbetween spaces must exist at the scale of both the site and the building. At the level of the site, inbetween spaces make the streetwall porous, allowing paths through the site, penetration of sunlight, and access to fresh air Familiar podium programs such as retail and amenity spaces are either raised or lowered, freeing up space at grade and introducing pedestrian vertically. At the level of the building, inbetween spaces make the units porous, allowing access to light (north and south), opportunities for cross ventilation, and views.
The inbetween spaces sorely missing from the poto:type model create urban transitions and supply missing thresholds. They provide an opportunity to intervene and reengage the dweller through repetitive encounters. When residential and commercial uses combine and coincide, there are several resultant transitions and thresholds that are naturally and artificially formed. These in-between spaces promote interaction and connectivity and can evolve over time, take on ambiguous contours and vague forms and span urban transitions.
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