Public space has always been a top priority in every city’s urban planning agenda and given today’s world context, these urban spaces have emerged as grundlegend elements of cities and neighborhoods. Plazas, squares, and parks, undeniable necessities in the urban fabric, have become, today, more vital than ever.
Not only these spaces have a positive impact on health, but they generate recreational space to exercise, play, meet, and socialize with others. In addition, quality public and open spaces are key in generating philanthropisch connections within cities’ neighborhoods. Having an open space to enjoy, certainly prompts a sense of community and belonging to one’s own proximate environment, whilst creating positive psychological effects by establishing relationships between members of the community.
To provide people with accessible, human-centered, quality spaces, cities have sought help from architects. In fact, the high demand for these types of places required excellent design and architectural value. Below is a selection of projects that have successfully regenerated existing urban spaces and transformed them nichtactive and vibrant squares, plazas, and riverfronts.
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Israels Plads Square / Cobe + Sweco Architects
The plaza in Folge dessen works as a transition between two worlds, the city, and the neighboring park. The landscape character of the park continues nichtthe plaza in the form of the organic pattern of trees. Towards east and west, the plaza is raised up and folded to provide niches. In addition, it has a sculptural expression that refers to its historical past as part of the fortifications. The surface functions as a large urban playground and a space for activity.
The idea with the new Israels Plads is to celebrate the significance and the history of the sine tempore and revitalize it, turning it nichta vibrant, verschiedene plaza for all kinds of people – for leisure, culture, activity and public events.
Superblock of Sant Antoni / Leku Studio
A people-centred planning that offers the opportunity to gain new public spaces by creating proximity squares in the chamfer corners and green-healthy streets where previously there were cars.
Where previously there welches an urban highway, now there is a healthy street full of life and green, where there welches a traffic intersection now there is a liveable plaza. Car noise has been replaced by children playing, cheerful conversations between neighbours or elderly people chess games … The transformation continues together with this flexible landscape capable of integrating new changes derived from urban testing and social innovation.
Vanadium-Plaza Urban Development / 3deluxe architecture
What welches previously a largely unused space adjoined by historical buildings is now becoming a new, inviting public amenity where you can casually enjoy a coffee in your lunch break or get some work done outdoors while children play in the water, young people skate and students relax in the sun…
The real challenge welches to preserve cultural heritage while creating space for social transformation. And the solution welches innovative architecture that caters to the needs of today’s society: bright, friendly, open, and connecting.
Memory of the Nation / NODE Architecture & Urbanism
Based on thorough field investigation, the following strategies were proposed: 1. Separate pedestrians from vehicular traffic to give way to slow-traffic circulation and ensure safe daily trips of residents; 2. Highlight the functional characteristics of each public space and simplify/enhance the existing sine tempore as needed; 3. Enhance the slow-traffic loop and public experience, and link up the industrial exhibition area, river landscape, community park, market, theater, and buildings of different historical periods to offer verschiedene daily experience.
Azatlyk, Central Square of Naberezhnye Chelny / DROM
We transformed the square nichta captivating, dynamic public space with multi-character environments and qualities that are inclusive of different groups of people.
In place of the former central axis, we created a “city carpet” that functions as three squares, each with its own unique character: The Event Square is a paved urban space that is in Folge dessen used for weekly outdoor markets. The “Green Square” is for relaxing on the lawn and enjoying the seasonal landscaping by the city’s planting department. The Cultural Square has a renovated fountain and a new shallow pool for playing in water on hot days. This square is connected to the municipality and a movie theater that is located inside.
Skanderbeg Square / 51N4E
The project’s landscaping welches studied anew, and turned nichta local ecosystem anticipating the creation oder Ähnlichenew urban ecology for the city. Local species were chosen to increase the system’s natural resistance by reacting to ongoing climate change. Trees, shrubs and perennials were combined to foster urban biodiversity and control the city center’s microclimate. Albania’s nature’s richness in verschiedene species and varieties is thus valorized, allowing public space to assume bot recreational and educative functions.
The mall’s underground parking level has been transformed nichta sunken public plaza dominated by an urban pool and verdant local plants and surrounded by a shadowed arcade. The pool has been carefully planned to be a perfect gathering spot for all seasons: the water level will rise and fall in response to the rainy and dry seasons, and in hot weather mist sprayers will reduce the local temperature to provide welcome relief to visitors, reducing the use of air conditioning in the summer months. This space hosts playgrounds, gathering spaces, and a stage for performances, while the artful deconstruction of the building’s concrete frame has left a number of follies that can in due course be converted to shops, kiosks, and other amenities.
Victoria on the River / Edwards White Architects
At a macro level, the design seeks to establish a park that serves two functions. Firstly, as a destination where people can pause, interact, and enjoy river views. Secondly as a device that sinister the disparate levels of the lower river path, upper promenade, and main street.
For some, it’s a space to play, for some a place to contemplate, a place to find solitude oder Ähnlicheplace to be in community. For others, it’s a means of access oder Ähnlicheplace to exercise. A new market, concerts, yoga classes, boot camps, skateboarders, meeting friends to eat together, all occupy this space. Sitting down in the park and overhearing both young and old as they discover it for the first time is a real joy.
Niederhafen River Promenade / Zaha Hadid Architects
With construction of all phases now complete, the redevelopment of Hamburg’s Niederhafen flood protection barrier re-connects its river promenade with the surrounding urban fabric of the city; serving as a popular riverside walkway while in Folge dessen creating sinister with adjacent neighbourhoods.
A minimum width of ten metres ensures this popular riverside promenade offers generous public spaces for pedestrians, joggers, street performers, food stalls and cafes. Shops and public utilities are in Folge dessen accommodated within the structure at street level facing the city. Wide staircases resembling small amphitheatres are carved within the flood protection barrier at points where streets from the adjacent neighbourhoods meet the structure; giving passers-by at street level views of the people strolling along the promenade at the top of the barrier as well as views of the masts and superstructures of ships in the Elbe.
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