The Best & The Worst Plazas of the world

10 Great Central Plazas and Squares

RYNEK GLOWNY | KRAKOW, POLAND

Flickr user: Ana Paula Hirama

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With its multi-use Sukiennice as the centerpiece, Krakow’s Rynek Glowny serves as the premiere local gathering spot. The immediate surroundings around this simple square consist of multi-use structures that vary in scale and form a diverse cluster of activity in the city center. (Flickr user: Ana Paula Hirama)

10 Failed Central Plazas and Squares

EMPIRE STATE PLAZA | ALBANY, NEW YORK

Flickr user: wadester16

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Designed as if for a Corbusien-metropolis, the Empire State Plaza has all the late modernist cliches that led to its demise. Swaths of empty space, cold, out-of-scale architecture, and high, blank walls that prevent pedestrians from seeing what is happening up the steps to the plaza. Photogenic, but not people-oriented. (Flickr user: wadester16)
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