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Millennium Square

Millennium Square is a location in the centre of Bristol, England. It was built as part of the At Bristol development, and has become a popular public area.

The Millennium Square is central open space of the Harbourside area, located above the huge underground car park next to the At-Bristol Centre. The square was also designed by Alec French Architects. In their design they concentrated on water and light features as well as the public art.

The square was one of the Millennium projects for Bristol and was the winner of Civic Trust National Award For Urban Design and RTPI Award for Planning In The Public Realm.

I must say that water features look interesting and terracota-clad ventilation towers are interesting during the night when they are colorfully lit. But this square desperately lacks one thing: Users! It was empty all the time and I felt like a suspect surrounded by numerous CCTV cameras. I have a feeling that too much attention was given to design and too little to planning and programming.

And why did they put the running water on the only element of urban design that looks like a bench?
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