The Skycourt and Skygarden

Population increase, advances in technology, and the continued trend towards inner city migration through economic progress has transformed the traditional city of spaces into the modern, high rise city of objects. This has necessitated alternative spatial and technological solutions to replenish those environments that were once so intrinsic to our day-to-day interactions and communal activities. This lecture considers the skycourt and skygarden in terms of their social, economic, environmental and spatial benefits that they provide to the urban habitat. The lecture argues that they have the potential to be ‘alternative’ social spaces that can form part of a broader multi-level open space infrastructure that seeks to replenish the loss of open space within the urban habitat. It starts to illustrate how semi-public spaces can be incorporated into high-rise structures, and be suitably placed into a hierarchy of open spaces that supports the primary figurative spaces on the ground or, in their absence, create them in the sky. It also advocates for a new hybrid that harnesses the social characteristics of the public domain, but placed within buildings was an alternative social space for the 21st century.