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PLAZA


CAMILLO SITTE

“Imagine the open square of a small market town in the country, covered with deep snow and crisscrossed with several roads and paths that, shaped by traffic, form the natural lines of communication.Between them are located irregularly distributed patches untouched by traffic; on these stand our snowmen, because the necessary clean snow was to be found only there.�


THAT PUBLIC SQUARES SHOULD BE ENCLOSED ENITIES

Sitte talks of the design of public squares and the importance of denying a perspectival outlook from within the square. “...from any point within the plaza, no more than one single view out of it is possible at any one time, hence there is only a single interruption in the enclosure as a whole...� How can this value of enclosure be applied to an open site such as Epping N.E.


ALDO VAN EYCK PLAYGROUNDS

Van Eyck’s amsterdam playgrounds show qualities similar to those described by Sitte, which may be applicable in some sense to the site at Epping. The design of these spaces require consideration of enclosure and permeability to circulation. The playgrounds essentially fulfil the notion of the horizontal plane becoming the primary/ active component of the plaza. They also prompt us to consider what qualifies as a monument in this situation.


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CARPARKING Analysis of carparking standards and organistation shows the potential for the placement of a ‘monument’ corresponding with each parked car. I am investigation the consideration of these monuments as functional elements with the carpark / plaza. In doing so, the monuments have the potential to help in the development of this horizontal surface as the primary or active component, rather than being a neutral foreground within the arrangement of the plaza. The space corresponding with the parked vehicle could be used for various applications such as a stall, which may begin to replicate the ‘market square’ situation described by Sitte.


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HAMER HALL


Hamer halls newly formed relationship to Princes Bridge is reminiscent of the archways or portal entries into the plazas described by Camillo Sitte.


FEDERATION SQUARE

Visiting Federation Square prompts consideration of what may qualify as a monument. In a contemporary setting, the form of a monument may be considered in a two or three dimensional sense. If this idea of a monument is trasnferred to the vertical surface, does the horizontal surface become the primary / active component by default?


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