2009 | 33 | 3 | 135-144
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ON SOME CONTEMPORARY SQUARE FORMATION TRENDS IN LITHUANIA (Apie kai kurias siuolaikines aiksciu formavimo tendencijas Lietuvoje)

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Towns reflect the societies that created them. As society transforms it influences certain changes in attitudes towards a city and its formation, traditions and principles applied to its development as well as public spaces and the meaning they convey. At present, most of the former main representative town squares in Lithuania face similar transformations. After their key elements - ideological monuments - have been removed, town squares still remain unformed. Their formation process still shows clear signs of stagnation. After reviewing the formation patterns of urban public spaces in 1990-2009, a few main trends could be distinguished: (1) Deconstruction and uncertainty, as upon change of the socio-cultural context and social ideology, the former main representative squares of towns still lack new solutions. (2) Substitution, where in place (or almost in place) of former monuments new ones are built without changing in essence the composition quality of a given public space. (3) The newest competitive solution proposals for former main representative town squares usually are of a high artistic quality by their spatial morphology and semiological text conveying both relevant and universal social values, avoiding excessive pomp and preaching <
  • Tomas Grunskis, Architekturos pagrindu ir teorijos katedra, Vilniaus Gedimino technikos universitetas, Pylimo g. 26/Traku g. 1, LT-01132 Vilnius, Lithuania.
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