Dissertation – The Lost Art of the Plaza

Block plans of famous city squares (left to right, top to bottom, respectively):
Trafalgar Square, London, England; Times Square, New York, USA; Pla├ža de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain; Place de la Concorde, Paris, France

For the dissertation aspect of the RIBA OBE Part II course, I chose to focus on the cultural-context module (rather than technology or economics) and to take a closer look at role of the plaza in everyday urban life. It was a really interesting piece to research, and the first hand surveying of Plymouth’s usage of these open spaces was incredibly illuminating. It took me from the historical inception of even the term ‘plaza’ all the way through to infrastructure and guerrilla urban design techniques of the modern age.

Please feel free to read through the dissertation by clicking here.