The London Square: Gardens in the Midst of Town

The London Square Gardens in the Midst of Town Modern day London abounds with a multitude of gardens enclosed by railings and surrounded by houses which attest to the English love of nature These green enclaves known as squares are among the m

  • Title: The London Square: Gardens in the Midst of Town
  • Author: Todd Longstaffe-Gowan
  • ISBN: 9780300152012
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Modern day London abounds with a multitude of gardens, enclosed by railings and surrounded by houses, which attest to the English love of nature These green enclaves, known as squares, are among the most distinctive and admired features of the metropolis and are England s greatest contribution to the development of European town planning and urban form Traditionally, inhModern day London abounds with a multitude of gardens, enclosed by railings and surrounded by houses, which attest to the English love of nature These green enclaves, known as squares, are among the most distinctive and admired features of the metropolis and are England s greatest contribution to the development of European town planning and urban form Traditionally, inhabitants who overlooked these gated communal gardens paid for their maintenance and had special access to them As such, they have long been synonymous with privilege, elegance, and prosperous metropolitan living They epitomize the classical notion of rus in urbe, the integration of nature within the urban plan a concept that continues to shape cities to this day.Todd Longstaffe Gowan delves into the history, evolution, and social implications of squares, which have been an important element in the planning and expansion of London since the early 17th century As an amenity that fosters health and well being and a connection to the natural world, the square has played a crucial role in the development of the English capital.

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    1. The authoritative work on London Garden Squares.Very informative, with in depth historical focus on the background and origins of the tradition of Squares in London.Meticulous research and outstanding photography.

    2. Definitely the best book on London squares I've ever read. Very large amount of pictures, which is nice. Looks at the development and purpose of squares and their history with changing architectural practices and stuff like the class character. No histories of specific squares, although the major ones are used as examples of the general history so you get some facts about them. Definitely worth reading if you're interested.

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