[Tagging] courtyards

Friedrich Volkmann bsd at volki.at
Fri Feb 13 12:21:27 UTC 2015

On 09.02.2015 16:01, Stephen Gower wrote:
> Here in Oxford (where we have many examples of named quadrangles/courtyards)
> I see examples where they are tagged as highway=footway areas (e.g.
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/301895528 ) but more often the central
> section of lawn has been named (e.g. http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/228244550 )
> In reality, it is neither the paving or the lawn that is the named feature,
> it's the architectual feature containing these and itself bounded by the
> buildings (although in the case of cloistered courtyards, the covered
> arcades around the edge are arguably both part of the building and the
> courtyard). I support creation of a tag for more consistantly marking these
> named features, but I have no idea where in the tagging structure it is
> best placed (building/landuse/amenity/etc all have their problems).

I had essentially the same thoughts. (That's why I started this discussion.)

I'm now in favour of man_made=courtyard, because it is man made (as opposed
to natural) without doubt, and it is similar to man_made=cutline. Both
cutlines and courtyards are intentionally empty spaces, and both are only
defined by their sourroundings.

man_made=courtyard does not conflict with other tags. It can be combined
with leisure=*, landuse=* etc., and I can't imagine any other man_made=*
feature that is congruent with a courtyard.

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