A more modern zocalo that supports old and new uses in a less formal design.
One of several well functioning civic squares in Montevideo, this one has all the uses of a traditional zocÕlo, 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.
*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.
Many great public spaces have grown out of communities resisting development. It is the evolution from opposition to proactive visioning - helping to create, finance, and manage public spaces - that often makes the opposition successful. Congress Square, and the community around it, are forging this story of transformation.
Mayor Bill de Blasio caused quite a stir around New York City yesterday as he floated the idea of tearing up the pedestrian plaza in Times Square. This statement was the culmination of several days of debate centered around predatory panhandling and the square’s growing number of “street performers.”