note: main route

Basically there are three ways to connect a square to its main route: the route goes alongside the square, the route crosses the square at one side or the route enters the square in the middle. The three ways all have a different effect on the interaction between the pedestrians and the space.

Main StreetA route alongside the square causes the less interaction. This is an effective concept when the main street has more kind of road users than only pedestrians. They’re on a main street and if they want to, they can enter the square.  However, this square needs an anchor at the other side to draw the pedestrians over to the square.

A route at the squares side makes pedestrians feel they have to cross the square. If they want, they can enter the square, but they can also walk near the ‘save’ enclosure of the squares facade.

At the third option the main street opens at the center of the square. The square forms a break in the main route and pedestrians are attracted to interact with the space. The square isn’t attached to the main street; the main street is minor to the square. This option doesn’t work when there are more road user above pedestrians, because they can create an barrier at the square.

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– Out off the theories and analyses from this site I formed some notes with my own perspective on urban squares to help making choices at designing them. 

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