Discontinued Aesthetics: The Effects of Abrupt Changes in Urban Landscapes


Sundance Square, a new central place for the city of Fort Worth, TX, USA. Image Courtesy of PPS

Sundance Square, a new central place for the city of Fort Worth, TX, USA. Image Courtesy of PPS

Public spaces play a significant role in organizing the life of every community but defining what differentiates them from other spaces within the city is not an easy task. Once these spaces start to settle into the collective memory of the local communities, they become key elements that concentrate the mental image of a city. While this process usually happens with urban spaces, monuments and isolated architectural elements can also become markers for the urban life of an area. So, what happens when dramatic events like fires, war, or even the pandemic alter that image?

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