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Inspired by Bad Design

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, November 21, 2005, at 05:01PM

I doubt this to be a comparison that's made too often:

Don't be surprised if you are reminded of London's Trafalgar Square or Los Angeles' Pershing Square the next time you try to walk through Cross Maidan to catch a train from Churchgate. ... Architect Rahul Gore, who has drawn up the restoration plan, has very big plans for Cross Maidan. The design, inspired by the Trafalgar Square in London and Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles, aims to create a lung-space right in the midst of the hustle and bustle of south Mumbai.

Hopefully Gore goes for far more of the former and less of the latter in his design. Whereas Trafalgar Square is a flat, accessible space, we all know Pershing Square to be a visually broken mess. Open space is subdivided and segmented into parts far less useful than the whole. I don't know why you'd want to emulate that.

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