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Old May 31st, 2007, 04:13 PM   #21
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Portland, OR:

Pioneer Courthouse Square



Jamison Square:



Tanner Springs Square:

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Old May 31st, 2007, 04:24 PM   #22
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Some nice squares and parks!
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Old May 31st, 2007, 04:31 PM   #23
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Tel Aviv

Atarim sq. and the Marina


Bazel sq.




Bialik sq.



Dizingoff sq.
built 1936 the most modern place on earth




Hamedina sq.
design by Oscar Nimayer


Hoberman sq.
Man Auditorium-house of Israel philharmonic orchestra
Habima-Israel national theatre


the Knesset sq. and the promanade




Suzan Dalal dance center



Tel Aviv Art museum
Israel Opera
Qameri theatre
main Library
court houses


Rabin sq.
Tel Aviv city Hall
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Old May 31st, 2007, 06:02 PM   #24
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BUENOS AIRES - ARGENTINA

CONGRESS SQUARE ( Plaza del Congreso )



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Old June 19th, 2007, 12:08 PM   #25
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Wroclaw, Poland

Market Square











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Old June 19th, 2007, 06:51 PM   #26
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Quote:
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Stockholm

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thi is not stockholm but Zagreb Croatia:

Ban(lord) jelacic squarre:

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Old June 19th, 2007, 08:05 PM   #27
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thi is not stockholm but Zagreb Croatia:

Ban(lord) jelacic squarre:

Wow, the buildings look so familar. If not for the tram, I think it could be easily in Vienna as well...
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Old June 19th, 2007, 08:17 PM   #28
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Probably one of the most gemŘtlich squares in the old city center of Vienna, the Franziskanerplatz. Its a place within the city center where you even can spot locals...

It hosts the smallest coffee house ("Kleines Cafe") of Vienna btw



Two squares and a large courtyard on one picture:


upper center: Heldenplatz (heroes square, the square Hitler announced the Anschluss of Austria... no the name has of the square definitely has anything to do with that.)
middle center: Maria Theresien Platz (named after the sole empress of Austria in history and one of the greatest monarchs of our entire monarchic history)
lower center: the large courtyard of the museumsquartier. Hosting two modern arts museums and many small museums and small active art institutions. The courtyard is a nice and very lively place to hang out.


Inside of the museumsquartier

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Old June 19th, 2007, 10:06 PM   #29
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San Francisco's Union Square

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Old June 19th, 2007, 11:57 PM   #30
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Montreal's Carre Saint-Louis:





Other squares here are Dominion Square, Square Victoria, Phillips Square, Place Emile-Gamelin, and of course Place Jacques-Cartier in Old Montreal.

CarrÚ Saint-Louis is by far my favourite.
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Old June 20th, 2007, 12:12 AM   #31
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Piazza dell'UnitÓ - Trieste, one of the most beatiful squares in Italy.











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Old June 20th, 2007, 06:09 PM   #32
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My turn, it's big

we call them "Praša" or "Largo". Prašas are more important than largos, both mean square (or plaza if you want) in English.

Pˇvoa de Varzim, Portugal

I'll use other people's pictures.

Praša do Almada
city hall Square (18th Century)
it looked like this:


City hall (18th century)


a fisher women throw the city hall's archs (you'll understand if you get to know the city)


the ground (Calšada) in front of the city hall looks like this. It is the city's families marks.


Pelourinho (16th century, symbol of the city's autonomy)










Eša de Queiroz statue. Eša was and is still one of the major European writers. He was born in here.


the plaza is currently being transformed. it will keep obviously all its important characteristics.

it will look like this:




Largo do Passeio Alegre









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there's a stage there, so it gets really crowded during events.


Praša da Rep˙blica



Largo das Dores
(Currently also being renovated)

During its feast day (Lady of Dores)




Square of Lagoa Beach
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Square of the Casino (Avenida de Braga+Avenida dos Descobrimentos)

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Praša (Rates) - yups its name it is just "Square". It is in the countryside, out of the city.


Largo David Alves



there are other prašas, but this would become too big.
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Old June 20th, 2007, 08:37 PM   #33
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Here's the center plaza of my hometown - Iowa City, Iowa. It's a college town of around 85,000.





It's normally packed, but these pictures were taken during "off hours".
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Old June 21st, 2007, 08:41 AM   #34
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When Melbourne's street grid was planned out in the mid 19th century, the government made sure that no city square was included. Apparently, because they thought that it would only encourage democracy! This decision has been the bane of Melbourne for over a century now, with many proposals for a city square having been mooted and one even constructed (democracy must be in vougue) without any real success.

Happily we now have a city square to be proud of. Federation Square, completed in 2002, has finally filled the void in Melbourne's civic heart and been embraced by it's citizens:

Photos courtesy of The Collector:


Photo by Trevor Mein and first posted by Bronteboy:

Photos by John Gollings and first posted by Bronteboy:


And these three courtesy of The Olderfleet:




As you can see, this square has as many buildings as it has open space. These include two museums, an art gallery, an information centre as well as multiple cafes, restaraunts and pubs. This ensures that there's always something to do at Fed Square, no matter your tastes.
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Old June 22nd, 2007, 01:42 AM   #35
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Personally I think Federation Sq in Melbourne looks a mess, its too fussy, and that building dominates the space. Surely the square itself should be the feature, not the main building?
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Old June 23rd, 2007, 12:29 PM   #36
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I love the inside of the building as its more ordered, the outside looks a bit of a mess and its not what i would call a square due to its inusual shape and cluttered ness. Also its location seems like more of a piece of scrap land utilised, as any square next to a train station normally isnt divided from it by a major rd in my experiance.
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Old June 23rd, 2007, 12:52 PM   #37
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w0ow i love the melbourne's art museum. who's the architect? australian..?
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Old June 23rd, 2007, 03:49 PM   #38
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A beleive the architect is from Chicago.

It's definitely had it's share of detracters, myself amongst them. But you can't deny that it has worked as a civic space. Tens of thousands of people packing it out to watch Australia's progress during the World Cup being just one example. It's given Melburnians a place to come together, and they've embraced it.
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Old June 23rd, 2007, 04:20 PM   #39
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Architects are Don Bates (US) and Peter Davidson (AUS) of Lab Architecture (which moved its office from London to Melbourne) in partnership with Bates Smart (an Australian firm). The design is the result of a international design competition. Both Don Bates and Peter Davidson worked for Daniel Libeskind who also happened to be on the panel of judges which decided on the winning design.
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Old June 23rd, 2007, 06:11 PM   #40
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Schouwburgplein

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