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City Squares of the World (Architectures)
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"Urban squares are one of the greatest anthropological devices of the Western world, marvelous historical documents of towns and cities, the stratified evidence of passing centuries, the material testimony of the lay, religious and artistic actions of a population. Squares, the quintessential synonym of public and collective space, are described in the volume from those of the Middle Ages, in other words the time when the "piazza" began to specialize for its end purpose, up to the most contemporary of design." "A fundamental element of the wide-ranging history of Western civilizations and metropolises, the square is here examined in relation to transformation of the urban structure in which it is installed, expressing evolution and demonstrating even today, in the era of globalization, that it is capable of conveying social and economic changes. There are 43 famous examples, several now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Scheme, and which illustrate the evolution of the square and its typologies in four continents, Europe, America, Asia and Oceania."--BOOK JACKET.
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