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Urban Squares and The Netherlands in Focus Callwey/Birkhäuser,2002. Each 128pp. £22.50

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Though few people are likely to throw away their copies of the landscape quarterly Topos , its pages are now being recycled according to theme, with 15-20 projects in each volume. Urban Squares collects European examples published in the journal since 1993, including Patel Taylor and EDAW's recent Royal Victoria Square in London's Docklands. In The Netherlands in Focus, MVRDV's Winy Maas makes the case for 'light urbanisation'as an antidote to 'planned mediocrity', and Adriaan Geuze and West 8 are much in evidence. Indeed, one of their schemes, the wellpublicised Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam, appears in both these collections. The Urban Squares piece is more sceptical ('While the aesthetics are convincing, they are also its Achilles heel'); it being one of Topos ' strengths that its writers are not loath to criticise or raise questions.

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