Reformation of squares
The studies on the reconstruction and the reformation of Larissa’s bigger squares -Central and “Tachidromiou”- were included in the unified logic of integrated planning of the historical centre and they are under the same confrontation principals. They were worked out by the Technical Service of the Municipality in collaboration with the sculptor of landscapes N. Golanta on issues of the configuration of the coatings and the sculpture of the fountains. These squares are connected with the network of pedestrian streets - extended pavements and they constitute one of the most important characteristics of the city’s identity and life.
The Tachidromiou Square is surrounded by three pedestrian streets and was reformated under the consideration of the existence of the New Medical Faculty’s building. A square’s part was plunged amphitheatrically and functions as a "special" place for events. The main characteristic of the square is the construction of the "Sculptural River" with two big sculptured fountains, which aims in the re-establishment of the relation of the urban landscape with the water and the river. The square is full of green with a lot of tall trees. It’s the most live and busy square of city and it was established as the most important pole of entertainment and varied events.
In parallel, the main aim was the conservation of the historical character of the Central Square and its dynamics, in combination with its position in the axis of Frourio - Ancient Theatre – Tachidromiou Square. The basic synthetic characteristics of the square include the sculptural fountain-river -as continuity from the Tachidromiou Square-, a design of an ancient temple with trees, the sculptor event platform and pedestrians routes that are diagonal and vertical with emphasis in the route to the Ancient Theatre. The drawing of coatings is structured in order to make a reference to the cultivated fields of the Thessalian plain. At the same time, there was maintained the big free space for events, and there were shaped special spaces for tables and seats and alleys with seats.
In the former square of New Market (Laou) -which was renamed in Ag. Mplanas Square- were revealed the parts of an old-christianique wall, as well as part of the remains of bathhouses (probably of the 4th century B.C). In its subsoil, it was constructed an underground parking garage of 300 spaces, while the Byzantine discoveries were repositioned in the shaped surface of the square, which was redesigned.
The most recent work -that was completed in 2007- is the formation of the Ar. Lamproulis Square in the hill of Frourio in the space of the former big "Market of Wednesday", that was removed. The planning of the square and the choice of the coatings became in collaboration with the 7th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, in order to be promoted the Bezesteni and the other antiquities of the area of Frourio. The objective of the Municipality is the resurgence of the old traditional market’s spirit, in combination with the current dynamics of the city and the creation of a pole of attraction for cultural and social activities.