The Square: Spanish Colonial Plazas in a Contemporary Context
Contin, Juan Cristobal
Abstract Juan C. Contin This study is based on the urban theories that surround the urban square in Latin America. The study analyzes the urban square from its birth in the renaissance in Europe and follows it through colonial conquests of the Spanish Crown who devised a formula through a system of laws that mandated colonial urbanism. The laws were the infamous “Law of the Indies” which planted the seed of European style urbanism as an orthogonal system of streets around a public square. It is clearly the most expansive architectural urban project known to man. Dissecting the 500 year Spanish Colonial urban project required a tale of different cities and how they developed. This study then analyses the growth of four different cities and their development into the present day urban realities they face. This study analyzes Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic; Caracas, Venezuela; Mexico City, Mexico and Lima in Peru. The result of the study draw’s analogies and similarities in all of these cities which have grown to a point where they face chaotic urban form, uncontrolled growth and population expansion that continues to no end with a thirst for architectural urban solutions that lie in the reintroduction of the urban square.
Master of Science
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