In the frame of the project Revival of City Squares in Balakn Cities, on behalf of the Coalition for Sustainable Development Arch. Divna Penčić prepared an initial research entitled “Urban Notes: City Squares and Public Spaces”, which served as introduction to the research on city squares.
When talking about squares and public spaces, in order to be clear, first of all, we will have to define their meaning. In our communication we use the term "square" quite frequently, and it appears that we are pretty clear what does it mean. However, if someone, using any of the languages of the Balkans, tries to find the right word to indicate the great diversity of urban areas that rightfully deserve to enter the ranks of attractive (large or small) squares / public spaces, as pearls of the city space and urban life, they will definitely experience the problem of finding the correct word.
This initial research examined the following aspects of city squares: Definition, Names and Naming, Form and function, Squares through and today, as well as: Role of Public Spaces and Why they are Important, How to Make Great Public Spaces (Squares) and Who is Responsible for Public Spaces? It also considered the topic of Creating New Models for Public Spaces.
The research “Urban Notes: City Squares and Public Spaces” can be downloaded here.