ar­chi­tec­tural forms for the en­vi­ron­ment

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A de­sign lan­guage typ­i­cal of the tra­di­tional forms used in lo­cal ar­chi­tec­ture should be adopted, along with the use of tra­di­tional and nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, lo­cal sym­bols, and ar­ti­san crafts. A var­ied build­ing fab­ric must be sought, with dif­fer­ent build­ings con­sti­tut­ing an ur­ban front in­stead of a sin­gle build­ing, so that the ur­ban va­ri­ety be­comes at­trac­tive and rich. The suc­cess of a square de­pends pri­mar­ily on the sur­round­ing nodes of in­ter­est more than from the in­ter­nal ones. It is there­fore a mis­take to fill the square with struc­tures or ob­jects of “de­sign”. Sur­round­ing com­mer­cial ad­ver­tis­ing should be sub­ject to the cri­te­ria of scale and tra­di­tional de­sign in shapes, col­ors, and type­faces, and avoid­ing the use of neon. Suc­cess­ful pub­lic space be­comes so­cial life in it­self; an un­der­stand­ing that goes beyond think­ing of this as sim­ply a space for so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

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