Piazza Navona, Harvard Square, Piccadilly Circus : a study about morphology and use
Author(s)Camargo, Elizabeth Gus
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
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This thesis is about lively urban spaces and their distinctive characteristics. Its objective is to look at the various aspects responsible for the dynamic atmosphere of such environments, identifying the role played by their physical configuration within this context. It recommends the inclusion of a historical approach in the analysis of urban spaces. since the studies so far conducted have primarily focused on their physical aspects without providing very successful results. The possible contributions of the historical approach are examined in the investigation of three squares well-known for their liveliness and attractive power: Piazza Navona (Rome. Italy), Harvard Square (Cambridge, U.S.A.) and Piccadilly Circus (London. England). Based on a historical review, the main aspects influencing the character of the squares are grouped into three categories: form, use and relation to the city. These categories, nevertheless. are not relevant when considered independently, because they assume a meaningful role only through their participation in a set of tight relationships. The study also explores the situations of change experienced by the squares. since the historical perspective has unveiled the fact that changes have always affected their formal. functional and contextual characteristics. while being intended to preserve their lively atmosphere.
Thesis (M.S.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 1985.MICROFICHE COPY AVAILABLE IN ARCHIVES AND ROTCH.Includes bibliographical references (leaves 46-47).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology