Urban squares

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St James's Square London, with London Plane trees, shrubs and statue of King William III

St James’s Square London, with London Plane trees, shrubs and statue of King William III

An urban squares can be great asset to a city. They must well planned and well designed. Some squares work very well and some are complete failures. The adage ‘right plant – right place’ is often used by planting designers.  For landscape architects working on urban squares, the equivalent adage is ‘right feature – right place’.  Or, as a doctor might say’ ‘right drug – right disease’. The range of features includes seating, fountains, trees, shrubs, flowers, lighting, cafes, shops, sculpture, shelters, clocks, memorials, walls and fences. The selection depends on the location and on the surrounding land uses.

Examples

Triton Square, London