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Uncilla Cortaberria, L. (2022). Thresholds. Journal of Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism, (3), 297–308.


The term umbral (threshold) denotes the bottom part or sill, normally of stone, lying directly below the lintel of a doorway or entrance. But it also evokes a part of a house – a sphere around the opening connecting the interior and exterior. This divergence between what is denoted and what is evoked gives rise to a reflection. Setting out from examples apparently remote from one another, we explore similarities between them: connections going beyond formal aspects and taking us both to the origin of the word and to the connotations or architectural potential of thresholds.


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