Plaza de Entrevero

Montevideo, Uruguay

Submitted by: Ethan Kent

A more modern zocalo that supports old and new uses in a less formal design.

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Why It Works

One of several well functioning civic squares in Montevideo, this one has all the uses of a traditional zocálo, but then combines them to positive effect. By letting go of the more formal lay out, the variety of spaces created supports a much broader range of activities and experiences.

The combination of cafe area the playground and the bus stop seems obvious, but there are few examples of this anywhere in the world. The best combination though, is the range of experiences created by the relationships between the bending path, the seating options and the views and access ways to the fountain. As with all great public spaces, the resulting sociability is the real indicator of success.

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