The Southern front porch is the vehicle through which I am investigating the notion of a boundary. The act of transitioning from one place to another is often characterized by the permeation of a boundary (physical or mental). The extension of boundaries both spatially and socially into the semi-public realm, and the transitive space that is produced by the front porch become essential to the cultivation of outdoor living experiences within this semi-porous interior. The front porch is the unifying thread that re-engages the community within this realm of domestic living. These traditional intrinsic qualities of Southern front porch culture are ones that can be reignited through the materiality and spatiality of living within the transitive space as a means of encouraging new social interactions in present day southern cities.
Thesis Advisor: Joanna Merwood Salisbury