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Danforth and Logan Corner, Toronto, Canada, 2005[open in full screen]  

 
 

In the middle of Greek town, there exists a small, public space with all the elements of a traditional european square. It seems that traditional habits and needs are still alive, even after a couple of generations. All the services, comforts and resources necessary are there.

Let's list them: One monument of Alexander the Great, a significant greek historical figure; one backdrop with vines, a reminder of the grapevines of the Mediterranean.

  Then there also is one fountain with running water, an important sound during summer nights; a few patios where one can have a bite or refreshments; a few quite comfortable benches where people can exchange experiences and ideas; a couple of mature trees to keep cool under that protect from the elements; dozens of people (even at 1 o'clock in the morning) and some visitors from "out-of-town" seen here leaving after a well deserved rest.

An excellent example of how with little effort, a very pleasant urban space can be created when the community is willing to pay attention to the messages sent by their city. We revisited this space in 2015.

  Our article about this square was published in Perspectives Magazine, Journal of the Ontario Association of Architects, in January 2006.

 
           
   
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ceremonial
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