Boarders, Edges and Fragile Places

First off, its important to began to gain an understanding of what is meant when hear the words Boarders, Edges and Fragile Places. What ideas that comes to mind when they are used in a conversation, lecture or if they are used just separately. To me in summary, this topic which will be the focus of this piece of writing signifies and gives definition to the separation of space. Separation of towns, countries, a private or public piece of space, all of these are what comes to mind. When looking from a architectural standpoint, most of these “Boarders, Edges and Fragile places” are as the name suggest on the edges of towns or cities, and what do persons normally see around those areas, cheap hotels, small business with parking’s, small organized lofts, Landfills and a key feature is the long straight roads. These areas are cut from the main cities with little to no acknowledgement of their existence which begs a question should the government or land officials pay more attention to these areas.
There are informal areas where local authorities don’t go within the grass, and there is no landscaping. Areas where pathways occur naturally by persons that normally walk in the area and spend most of their time in the area.
In most urban areas, activities are made unaware, such as in areas where containers are stored and it comes to a point where, over a time, these places that have been occupied by these activities began to take shape and form of their own. There began to be a formation of a separate place which is why is how they began to form borders naturally in a way.
Landfills, Sewage factories, can be used as an example of this. These fragile area have in many ways be forgotten and paid less attention to intentionally because they are not areas persons would want to get in and its an area that requires a lot of care and attention. Its an area which should be one of the main focus of the government but at the same moment its time consuming and requires a lot of planning.
There are other areas that lie on the outskirts or edges as we will say that in way acts as borders such as canals, Pylons, Ruins, and Woodlands. One point I would like to overly stressed is that for these areas, government intervention is definitely required as its not uncommon for dead bodies to be found in these areas which shows how dangerous these areas can be.
Land being cheap is a major factor in areas being used for such. So there are business to take advantages of amount of space to be used for parking, cheap hotels and these areas being on the edges of cities and towns, there is less focus paid towards building regulations in some cases and better places for allocations of buildings, and with governments minor involvement in these, at a point in the future when cities grow and they begin to reach these edges and borders, it may become problematic when trying to layout a proper urban layout scheme because proper attention was not pay before hand.
So as stated in “Planning and Urban Change” by Stephen Ward where he makes clear that urban planning is a way to shape and secure the future, this would become impractical to allow edges of towns to grow unplanned and unregulated which can inevitably created a pathway towards outskirts become slum areas and then creating a border as mentioned in my previous reflective piece on Model Settlements.
So in the cases of the topic Borders, Edges and Fragile places, Areas need government intervention and supervision, or a organization to really supervise and pay attention in preventing areas from deterioration, so they do not become fragile places.


• . Farley, P. & Roberts, M.S. (2012), “Edgelands: journeys into England's true wilderness”, Vintage, London.
• Robert D. Temple, (2009), “Edge Effect, The border-name places”, iUniverse Inc, New York.
• Ward, Stephen V., (2004), “Planning and Urban Change”, Paul Chapman, London.

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