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  1. #1
    Dec 2007

    Contemporary interventions in older squares (medieval to baroque)

    Hey everyone. I wuz assigned a study on the conteporary interventions in older squares ranging in period from medieval to baroque. Apparently finding such examples of ellaborate projects aimed at revitalising existing squares are very hard to find.If you happen to know or come across any such "feats" of urban planning ( the Place des Terreaux in Lyon is a good example of what i need ) don't hesitate to reply. Any information is welcome..questions too

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    Cyburbian DetroitPlanner's avatar
    Mar 2004
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    Well you won't find too many examples of Medievil squares still around. I am surprised however about the others as if it 'ain't baroque, don't fix it'.

    Seriously. Could you give an example of what you are looking for? I have a suspicioun that less folks than you imagine have ever been to Lyon, France. Do you need a list of public squares in europe? Would modern squares or squares in places like the United States fit the bill?
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    Cyburbian Plan 9's avatar
    Jun 2007
    Try looking for some German cities. There is one, has some kind of big mechanical clock that might fit that description (can't remember the name :P). Maybe some Swiss or Swedish cities since they weren't bombed and rebuilt after WW2?

    For the US, the closest you will get is Santa Fe NM. The plaza there dates from like 1609 (yup before Jamestown).
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    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
    May 2003
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    Try finding information about the redevelopment of Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. Also wikipedia entry: Potsdamer Platz.

    I believe this is a baroque square in central Berlin that was completely redeveloped folloing the fall of the Berlin Wall.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Cyburbian b3nr's avatar
    Feb 2007
    This may make a nice case study as it has only very recently been re-generated.

    Built between 1700 and 1730, Queens Square had the inner ring road ploughed straight through it in 1937. This was removed in 2000 and the Square returned to its former state. There are associated bits of new urban design at its corners. Most of the buildings date from the 1720's.



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