Bricks, Branding, and the Everyday: Defining Greatness at the United Nations Plaza in San Francisco
Type
journal article
Year
2017
After over a decade of reports, designs, and public outreach, the United Nations Plaza in San Francisco was dedicated in 1976. Using historical documents such as government reports, design guidelines, letters, meeting minutes, and newspaper articles from archives, I argue that while the construction of the UN Plaza has failed to completely transform the social and economic life of the area, it succeeds in creating a genuinely public space. The history of the UN Plaza can serve both as a cautionary tale for those interested in changing property values purely through changing design, and as a standard of success in making a space used by a true cross-section of urban society.

Keywords:

United Nations Plaza; Lawrence Halprin; urban renewal; Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART); public space
Citation

Lindsay, Georgia. "Bricks, Branding, and the Everyday: Defining Greatness at the United Nations Plaza in San Francisco." Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research 11, no. 2 (March 2017): 123-136.

Parent Publications
Copyright
Georgia Lindsay
Country
United States
Language
English
Keywords
public transit
public squares