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URBAN SQUARES AS PLACES, LINKS AND DISPLAYS: SUCCESSES AND FAILURES. Jon Lang and Nancy Marshall. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, 2016. Copyright 2017. 310 pp. with 264 ills. (247 col.). 25 x 19 cm. LC 2015-47624 ISBN 9781138959279 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 172538. Publisher's description: To attract investment and tourists and to enhance the quality of life of their citizens, municipal authorities are paying considerable attention to the quality of the public domain of their cities -- including their urban squares. Politicians find them good places for rallies. Children consider squares to be playgrounds, the elderly as places to catch-up with each other, and for many others squares are simply a place to pause for a moment. Urban Squares as Places, Links and Displays: Successes and Failures discusses how people experience squares and the nature of the people who use them. It presents a 'typology of squares' based on the dimensions of ownership, the square's instrumental functions, and a series of their basic physical attributes including size, degree of enclosure, configuration and organization of the space within them and finally based on their aesthetic attributes -- their meanings. Twenty case studies illustrate what works and what does not work in different cities around the world. It discusses the qualities of lively squares and quieter, more restorative places as well as what contributes to making urban squares less desirable as destinations for the general public.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Architecture, Landscape and Garden Design — Urban Planning
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 172537
Hardcover $190.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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