Alexandra Tisma of the TU Delft landscape architecture group visited Paris just before the terrorist attacks. She wrote a blog on Howdoyoulandscape.nl about the sociatal dimension of public spaces, with special reference to the Place de la Republique.
Alexandra: “It was just a week before the terrorist attacks when I visited Place de la Republique in Paris. This square, the largest in the city, has always had a special meaning for Parisians, as a place where citizens come to relax, enjoy, rest or play. Throughout history, citizens gathered there for public displays of both joy and grief, where they shared good and bad moments and where they voiced their opinions or fought for their ideas. Place de la Republique is a true agora and a part of public realm that reflects democracy and solidarity, the need to be together and share with fellow citizens.”
Read the full blog on Howdoyoulandscape.nl.