[Tagging] courtyards

John Sturdy jcg.sturdy at gmail.com
Mon Feb 9 14:24:18 UTC 2015

Here's another variation: the courtyard of Limerick's Milk Market:

It was originally open at the top, but now has a canopy that covers
most of it; and it's not a leisure facility.


On Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 7:42 AM, Friedrich Volkmann <bsd at volki.at> wrote:
> 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.:
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/48.17839/16.34189
> (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.
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