Soho Square, London, England, UK, 2005

This square was laid out in 1681 and enjoyed abrift reign as a most fashionable address in London. it was originally called King Square after Charles II, whose statue stands in the middle.

it was designed after a 1612 Place Royale in Paris first of its kind. It was acepted as an ideal design for this type of squares.

Today Soho Square is surrounded by office buildings and it is rapidly deteriorating. Because of it's square configuration, this type of public space, very popular in 17th century London, originated the term "square" in the English language for urban space like this one.
Some times park in the middle of the English squares was for the exclusive usage of the residents in the nearby houses, so you can hardly call it public square!

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sociability
9
ceremonial
x
uses & activities
7
religious
x
access & linkages
7
social
x
comfort
7
residential
x
image
8
court yard
x
tourist value
7
with park
x
total
45
street, shopping
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