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Lake Anne Village Center, Reston, Virginia (1963-67): Located in rolling terrain outside Washington D.C., Reston was intended to provide a new model of suburban development in post-World War II America. The town as a whole is composed of several discreet communities, all separated by abundant open spaces. Lake Anne Village is the best known of these, primarily due to its center, a mixed-use development of townhouses, apartments, and shops, whose modestly scaled Brutalist buildings are artfully arranged around Washington Plaza, a superb public space overlooking the eponymous lake. James Rossant was the architect/planner.

The purpose of looking at this precedent was to consider which elements go into making successful public spaces.



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