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Boston's Creek Square and Siena's Piazza del Campo: Placemaking Potential and Realization

What do these two very dissimilar spaces have in common? In imitation of Colin Rowe’s “Mathematics of the Ideal Villa,” Robert Tullis AIA will analyze the distinctive place characteristics of Siena’s famed Piazza del Campo and Boston’s almost unknown Creek Square. By comparing the two, he will highlight the potential of Creek Square to become a distinctive place, with many of the same characteristics present in Siena. Along the way, he will outline the topographic history of Creek Square, discuss place characteristics derived from the research of scholars like Camillo Sitte and Kevin Lynch, show the way others have diagrammed such characteristics, and even posit a few thoughts about the nearby and much-maligned City Hall Plaza, whose original design was inspired by Siena’s Piazza del Campo.

Robert Tullis is the Senior VP and Director of Design for the Boston-based GID Development Group where he oversees all design aspects of the GID’s multifamily and mixed-use projects. He has been involved in the design of several mixed-use projects that feature placemaking as an essential component. Mr. Tullis is chairperson of the BSA's Placemaking Network and has developed a course in Placemaking for the Boston Architectural College which focuses on the creation of vibrant, attractive, and memorable places within cities and towns and transforming them from SPACE into PLACE.

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