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Schouwburgplein

Rotterdam

The Netherlands

Contributed by 
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
December 13, 2005
December 14, 2017

A perfect example of how a design statement does not make a great square.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

This is a perfect example of how a design statement cannot be a great square. People have told us that a lot of people use this square as an open space on certain days. But sporadic use does not make a great square. Our work on squares emphatically shows that the design needs to first work without any programming. A place works best if it draws a regular clientele who stay even when nothing is being programmed. Then, with a solid foundation to build on, programming can draw different types of activity such as markets, cultural events and performances.

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*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.

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