Skycourt and Skygarden
The Skycourt and Skygarden: Greening the Urban Habitat (Routledge, 2014)
This book considers the skycourt and skygarden as an ‘alternative social space’ that forms part of a broader multi-level urban infrastructure – seeking to replenish the loss of open space within the built environment. Pomeroy begins the discussion with the decline of the public realm, and how the semi-public realm has been incorporated into a spatial hierarchy that supports the primary figurative spaces on the ground or, in their absence, creates them in the sky.
He considers the skycourt and skygarden in terms of their social, cultural, economic, environmental, technological, and spatial benefits that they provide within the urban habitat and references case studies from around the World. He concludes as an advocate for a new hybrid city that can harness the socio-spatial characteristics of the public domain – placed within buildings as alternative communal spaces for the twenty-first century.
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