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Old December 11th, 2009, 12:34 PM   #1
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Interesting Urban Plazas

Interesting Urban Plazas


Came across these plaza's in Europe and thought I'd pass them along here...

The Plaza del Torico in Teruel, Spain was renovated with something even better than yellow bricks—over 1230 color-changing LED lamps embedded in the pavement. It's kind of like that fiber optic pavement you might have seen at an amusement park in the past, only on a larger scale. The whole system can be programmed to change colors and patterns in sequence.









The city of of St. Gallen in Switzerland paved this cool looking carpet on a square and some surrounding streets, called the "City Lounge" It's interesting how the street furniture just flows around the carpet as if it were integrated.

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And even some of the surrounding footpaths continue with the carpet...



If you know of any really cool and unusual squares/plaza's around the world, post them here.
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Old December 11th, 2009, 03:58 PM   #2
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wow the third picture looks crazy... pretty well laid out IMO
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Old December 11th, 2009, 04:11 PM   #3
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Plaza Cisneros in Medellin Colombia.

It consist of 300 vertical post that shine at night a plublic library and two classical buildings.



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Old December 11th, 2009, 05:41 PM   #4
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Old December 11th, 2009, 07:25 PM   #5
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Interesting topic!

Plaza del Torico looks very interesting, great reference.
(only dynamic lighting, why why why?)

The City Lounge I already knew, but is also very interesting,

And it seems the Metropol Parasol will never finish - it has been like this for ages hasn't it?
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Old December 12th, 2009, 03:18 AM   #6
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Some pretty impressive additions here. Wow.
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Old December 12th, 2009, 03:40 AM   #7
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And it seems the Metropol Parasol will never finish - it has been like this for ages hasn't it?
More than four years now, it seems it's finally gonna be five and a half. They had certain structural problems and doing this over archeological remains doesn't help.
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Old December 14th, 2009, 01:03 PM   #8
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Old December 14th, 2009, 05:24 PM   #9
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Brussels' Grand Place is carpeted with flowers during a certain festival I believe.



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Trafalgar Square looks great grassed up!
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Old December 15th, 2009, 03:37 AM   #11
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Federation Square - Melbourne, Australia

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The Place, in Beijing.

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Old January 12th, 2010, 02:37 AM   #14
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thesplifffairy,
cool pictures. Trafalgar Square looks really nice in the images
Thanks for sharing Any more interesting places?
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Clarke Quay - Singapore

Clarke Quay is a conservation project where the pedestrian circulation spaces are covered by canopies that allow natural ventilation while cooling the air. They're also pretty by night.

Eco roof is visual icon



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Alsop’s first major project in Asia comes in the form of a dramatic redevelopment of the river front district of Clarke Quay in Singapore. Costing €45.3 million, this mixed-use scheme, developed by Capitaland, has transformed the area into a vibrant and attractive destination. Integral to the projects success was the architect’s and engineer’s ability to manipulate the site’s microclimate using a sophisticated shading/cooling system. This system, embedded in the roof, enhances both the project’s visual ingredient and it’s environmental agenda. Phase 1 of the design was completed in March of this year and a dramatic 4-fold increase in foot traffic has marked its success. Commenting from London Alsop said: ‘What is interesting is the addition of a single roof acting as a visual icon has succeeded in attracting people back to Clarke Quay.’

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Very interesting one in Singapore
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Very interesting one in Singapore
This was how the area looked like in the 80s - basically a rundown district of obsolete warehouses. Of course today it has found a brand new existence.

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I don't like a lot of these spaces.
They just seem different for the sake of being different without making any improvements (red carpet?! wtf?).

A public space should be exposed to the sky (meaning, it shouldn't be blocked) and should be full of trees and plants, not faddish things that don't actually make the space feel better.
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I don't like a lot of these spaces.
They just seem different for the sake of being different without making any improvements (red carpet?! wtf?).

A public space should be exposed to the sky (meaning, it shouldn't be blocked) and should be full of trees and plants, not faddish things that don't actually make the space feel better.
according to who?

I think seasonal grass at trafalgur square does indeed make the square better and different, even if temporary...same goes for the beach, and for the create roof structures.

those photos showing droves of people populating the square beg to differ with you. they seem very popular, and in turn better.
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