[Tagging] courtyards

Friedrich Volkmann bsd at volki.at
Mon Feb 9 07:42:40 UTC 2015

On 08.02.2015 22:17, Warin wrote:

>> >From a technical point of view they are typically associated with fire protection (way to leave the building, access for firefighters), 
> If the courtyard is fully enclosed by buildings or by one building .. they
> are not part of a fire escape (protection), those require exit to an open
> area - not one that is fully enclosed. So the use as fire protection will
> depend on  the courtyard. And my thinking is that a true 'courtyard' is
> fully enclosed?

We need to be able to map partially enclosed courtyards as well, e.g.:
(The courtyards are named Hof 1 ... Hof 7.)

But I agree that a courtyard *typically* is fully enclosed by buildings,
thus not an emergency feature. There's an approved tag entrance=emergency
for emergency exits, and I'd suggest a tag like emergency=access for spots
and alleys designed to be accessible for fire fighters.

I think that, from a technical point view, the main function of a courtyard
is to yield sunlight to building rooms that are not adjacent to the
building's outer margin. All other uses, such as recreation, parking or
emergency access, are subsequent.

Friedrich K. Volkmann       http://www.volki.at/
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