Yonge-Dundas Square Essay

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Yonge -Dundas Square Yonge -Dundas Square is one of Toronto’s well known public squares located on the intersection between Yonge and Dundas Street. The square was designed by the firm Brown + Storey Architects in 1988. (1) The square was officially opened in 2003. Many critics have praised its architectural design and compared it to many great European public squares. (2 p. 170) Yonge-Dundas square or simply known as Dundas Square was part of downtown redevelopment project that initiated in 1996 (3 p. 22 & 23) Before the development of Dundas Square, the site was a mixture of a great shopping center, the Eaton center, and a mix of various street vendors, digital plasma advertising, street performers and all sorts of crowds. In 2003 Dundas square was developed on the southeast corner of Yonge, as a Canadian version of New York’s Time Square as means to serve multiple purposes such as ; tourist attraction ,advertising site , gathering space and entertainment space. (4 p. 2) In this essay I will discuss and compare the design features of Dundas Square in compliance with William. H. Whyte’s rules for public spaces that are majorly based on his film, “The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces”. There are six major criteria set out by Whyte in his video, the social life of small urban spaces, which include sitting spaces, street, sun, food, water, trees and triangulation. (5) Each criterion will be discussed in relevance to Dundas square. Sittable Spaces Whyte considers this criterion a major factor in the success of most plazas and public spaces. Dundas Square complies with this criterion to an extent. As mentioned in the video, elegantly simple steps that are easy to sit on or go up and down on and ledges can be one of the very simple yet popular sitting spaces in a public space. (5) The structure of Dundas square does not constitute of any
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