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Soho Square, London, England, UK, 2005[open in full screen]  

 
 

This square was laid out in 1681 and enjoyed short 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 accepted as an ideal design for this type of squares. If that was desire, it did not achieve its goal, closed for public, even now when it was turned to public, it is without any characteristics of good public space.

  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.

Most of the time 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 space!

  In my opinion word should be used only for this type of square, nothing else. There are so many more appropriate terms.

We have in our collection 116 words in different languages, if you know any other please make a contribution.

 
           
   
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