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Old August 23rd, 2008, 01:16 PM   #41
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Can you imagine if they turned those squares into parking lots?

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Thats the truth in smaller cities/towns in Sweden.
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 08:56 PM   #42
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City Squares

George Sqaure in Glasgow is a brilliant city square! Its always busy with people meeting, relaxing, taking photos etc. But always seems to be some exhibition on aswell! (although, unforunately theres always construction work on the go somehow)



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Old August 23rd, 2008, 11:01 PM   #43
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on the other end of the scale, my nearest town is Alton, Hampshire, England (pop 10000) is an example where there are a whole series of squares for a tiny sized settlement, the squares not large by any means are almost continually used as places of civic pride, congregating and the odd overpriced farmers/italian/french markets...

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Old August 25th, 2008, 03:07 AM   #44
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in Turin the are 3 big pedestrian squares: the biggest is Vittorio Veneto square near the river Po with an extension of 31,000 m˛ (360 x 111 m maximum). It's the biggest european square with porticos.

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the second biggest is Castello square

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the third by extension but surely the most luxurious like place vendome in Paris is San Carlo square (168 x 76 m and 12,800 m˛ )

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Old August 25th, 2008, 04:10 AM   #45
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The European Squares are simply beautiful.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 02:13 AM   #46
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In bigger cities I think making them into parking spaces would realistically be impossible because of their location . If the place is located in a historic town center it is slow and annoying to get to in the first place. To pack the places full with cars would be require demolition of surrounding buildings to make access fast enough.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 02:17 AM   #47
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In bigger cities I think making them into parking spaces would realistically be impossible because of their location . If the place is located in a historic town center it is slow and annoying to get to in the first place. To pack the places full with cars would be require demolition of surrounding buildings to make access fast enough.
Actually, in many European cities, even the bigger ones, they build underground car parks beneath these big squares, at least if the metro hasn't got there first.

But it would be horrid to have surface parking on them. Nothing looks uglier in a central city than surface parking.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 08:45 AM   #48
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you wanna see a busy square

and btw what city/sqaure is this?

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Old August 26th, 2008, 02:22 PM   #49
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thats Staroměstské náměstí (Oldtown square) in Prague...I was there one week ago
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Old August 26th, 2008, 06:12 PM   #50
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Not really a square but still some sort of oval plaza. It is located in the paris suburbs, in the new town of Saint Quentin en Yvelines. It is a semi failure in the sense that it is used for transit and walking from one side to the other and not to stay in the place. So it generally looks dead even though it's in the town center (where you have people during the day) and right next to a mall.

And and oh yeah, the architecture is cheap too.

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Old August 26th, 2008, 06:38 PM   #51
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Place Satnislas.

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Not really a square but still some sort of oval plaza. It is located in the paris suburbs, in the new town of Saint Quentin en Yvelines. It is a semi failure in the sense that it is used for transit and walking from one side to the other and not to stay in the place. So it generally looks dead even though it's in the town center (where you have people during the day) and right next to a mall.

And and oh yeah, the architecture is cheap too.

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Aaaw man what happened to the trees? They used to be on top of the buildings and parapets. In terms of POMO this is a classic imo. (once it weathers through the current unfashionable stage).


PUT the trees back!

(anyone find a better pic)


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This is also in St Quentin (a different one), is it a version of the Paris Plage?

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Aaaw man what happened to the trees? They used to be on top of the buildings and parapets. In terms of POMO this is a classic imo. (once it weathers through the current unfashionable stage).


PUT the trees back!

(anyone find a better pic)

Actualy that's not the same place. Same architect I think though.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 11:20 PM   #55
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Some of these are really Desolation Boulevard (to quote one of my favorite bands). Just to be clear I never advocated putting parking on these, just wondering if the space couldn't be use more efficiently or made more interesting.

As many of you have pointed out though, a few times a year they are packed full of people for events, so that's a good enough reason for keeping them.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 03:42 AM   #56
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No, they're busy all year round. I honestly reckon though photographers will try and take pics with the least people in frame, wake up early that kind of thing.

Does anyone else get that? Looking for pics of a busy place you know and finding only empty looking shots?
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Some of these are really Desolation Boulevard (to quote one of my favorite bands). Just to be clear I never advocated putting parking on these, just wondering if the space couldn't be use more efficiently or made more interesting.

As many of you have pointed out though, a few times a year they are packed full of people for events, so that's a good enough reason for keeping them.
If you wanted to "use space more efficiently", it'd make more sense to tear down a couple of cathedrals. Vast structures that rarely see any traffic at all, apart from the occasional tourist and the annual Christmas mass.
One could also argue that that would be pretty barbaric.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 08:41 AM   #58
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nothing like a square too boost a city centre's appeal
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thats Staroměstské náměstí (Oldtown square) in Prague...I was there one week ago
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Old August 27th, 2008, 08:19 PM   #60
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Paved squares are so nice!
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