Posted by Yvonne on 01.10.2009


PPS (Project for Public Places) is a nonprofit US organisation helping people turn their public spaces into vital community places. They have been focusing on squares for the last 30 years and developed 10 principles to create successful squares, based on analysis and observations of hundreds of them. They found that design is actually just a small fraction of what makes squares stand out. It’s a heap of others factors that extend beyond its physical dimensions that make it succeed.

Those 10 principles are:

1. Image and Identity

2. Attractions and Destinations

3. Amenities

4. Flexible Design

5. Seasonal Strategy

6. Access

7. The Inner Square & the Outer Square

8. Reaching Out Like an Octopus

9. The Central Role of Management

10. Diverse Funding Sources

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