The study of ancient or past cultures may be as difficult as the study of history, although each incorporates the other.
My town planning and architectural interests in the different squares, plazas or piazzas, the term used depending on the part of the world one lives in has carried on throughout the years.
Architects in England seem to prefer the Italian term piazzas while in the United States the Spanish, plaza. The English term “square” is perhaps avoided because these “architectural spaces” are not always square.
Plazas as we refer to them have usually developed over long periods of time and both contain a physical and visual history and culture. Today, a practice especially carried out in the United States, the term is improperly applied commercially, to hotels, shopping centers and gambling casinos.
In countries where plazas have been long lived, their culture is more than mere resemblance or the semblances of the old but it is carried out into a living present and extending itself out into the future.
Unlike where these have developed often over centuries, in countries like the United States a total plaza can be developed in a few years, borrowing facades to be pasted on newly set up structures. Real plazas are places where people live and where generations before have lived on a daily basis.
We need to blend our ability to create things over night with a sort of organic and integrating character that produces a similar steadfastness that the century-old plazas, the piazzas have and still create in other cultures.