Danforth Ave. and Logan Ave. Corner, Toronto, Canada, 2005

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; 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.

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Our article about this square was published in Canadian Architect magazine.
sociability
9
ceremonial
x
uses & activities
8
religious
x
access & linkages
6
social
x
comfort
8
residential
x
image
8
court yard
x
tourist value
8
with park
x
total
47
street, shopping
x
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