Public privacy in inhabitable bridges
In early modern (EM) Europe, the walled-off paths and gated communities mediating between public and private territories represented the architectural type called inhabitable bridges (IBs). The EU-funded IBridge project will research IBs to reveal the emergence of public privacy (PP) with the privatisation of public paths. The project will study the demolished Old London Bridge and the Pont de Notre-Dame in Paris as significant examples of IBs. IBridge will analyse the development of these bridges in terms of public and private ownership and their architectural and social impact. They will also analyse the interconnectedness of IB architecture and PP values to understand the effects and relationships between political factors, spatial organisation, and PP attitudes.