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Square (urban design)
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As public spaces, squares perform diverse functions in cities and towns. Their fundamental role is to serve as public meeting places. Although most squares had a variety of functions, in the early modern period a few types emerged that had specific jobs.

1. Municipal squares

The traditional function of the town square as a locus of urban or civic public display, as it had developed in the free imperial cities and trading towns of the Middle Ages, continued in the early…

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Sonne, Wolfgang, “Square (urban design)”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025624>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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