Kings Cross Square has officially opened today. The stone paved area on the doorstep of Kings Cross railway station in London is one of the key public spaces in the Kings Cross regeneration. The 75 000 square feet square was part of a competition that attracted entries from landscape architects like Gustafson Porter and Field Operations. From the six competitors Stanton Williams won the commission to realise the project that presents simple stone paving on which is placed a series of statues celebrating the past. But with such a conservative approach to design and a fixation with the past is this really the future of the public square in London?