How Public spaces make cities work

Amanda Burden as New York’s chief city planner led revitalisation of some of the city’s most familiar features – High line to the Brooklyn waterfront.  She reinstates that Cities are fundamentally about people and where people go and where people meet are at the core of what makes a city work. So even more important than buildings in a city are the public spaces inbeteeen them. And today, the transformative changes in cities happen in these public spaces. …Public space can change how you live in a city, how you feel about a city.


Public Squares – Analysis

Urban Squares

– urban symbols  comprise a city’s identity. The Urban Square is a nucleus of any neighbourhood, a city’s ‘heart and soul’

– decipher the urban language ‘spoken’ by the city and observe universal urban connections.

They can be Social, ceremonial, religious, traffic circle, court yard, residential, street space or a park.

The following are analysis of squares around the world with focus on categorising them into different types depending on their function. A brief on each square was handed out to each group to initiate the research and to understand the project background. The study was done in class as a groups of 5, within 30 minutes of time, each using only data that could be found on the web. The exercise encourages interaction between students, time management and developing their organizing skills. 


The Louvre, Paris

Campidoglio Square

Michelangelo’s extravaganza, Rome, Italy

Covent Garden

Covent garden, London Piazza San Marco

 Piazza San Marco, Venice

St Mark's Square

 Piazza San Marco, Venice Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus, London

St Peter's Square

St. Peter’s Square, Italy

Tian'an Men Square

Tinanmen Square, China

Piazza Del Campo

Piazza Del Campo, Sienna

Piazza Navona

Piazza NavonaTrafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square