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Field trip from Thursday made us discus major differences between plaza, park and square. While visiting many locations such as Bowling Green, Zuccotti park, Gramercy Park, Times Square, Harold Park etc. we analyzed what defines a space and how we can classify it. Primarily spaces get defined by their geometry, hierarchy of the buildings, interaction of the buildings, texture (such as pavement) etc.
Major conclusion is to understand what is the definition for each one (plaza, park, square) and to be able to use it in the next project.
Park: Public space which perimeter is well defined by fences, with seating area, trees, grass and pavement texture which is clearly different from plaza.
Plaza: open space for gathering, more flexible in movement and circulation, open even at night time.
Square: is a combination of both, park and plaza.
Here are some links to several projects that will impact your design of Brooklyn Square. Think of how you will incorporate these ideas into your design. Brooklyn Square
The Brooklyn Strand
New Schrager Hotel
Brooklyn Bridge Expansion
Walking from Bowling Green to Bryant Park has taught me the differences between parks, plazas, and squares. Parks are surrounded with trees and grass, with individual walkways, whereas plazas have more open space to walk. Plaza spaces are more uniform with no border to close off the area. A square has both park and plaza features. Each space has a different texture and feeling. Materials used in each space represented the type of public space it was. The spaces could also be determined by the amount of walkway given to pedestrians. I also observed that we can tell the difference between a park, plaza and square by the type of activity being done in the area.