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Bricks, branding, and the everyday: defining greatness at the United Nations Plaza in San Francisco

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Lindsay, G ORCID: 0000-0003-1919-8523 2017 , 'Bricks, branding, and the everyday: defining greatness at the United Nations Plaza in San Francisco' , Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, vol. 11, no. 2 , pp. 123-136 , doi: 10.26687/archnet-ijar.v11i2.1159.

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Abstract

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 Using historical documents such as governmentreports, design guidelines, letters, meeting minutes, and newspaper articles from archives, I argue that while the construction of the UN Plaza has failed to completelytransform 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 thoseinterested 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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lindsay, G
Keywords: San Francisco, branding, urban design
Journal or Publication Title: Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research
Publisher: ArchNet
ISSN: 1938-7806
DOI / ID Number: 10.26687/archnet-ijar.v11i2.1159
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Copyright 2017 Archnet-IJAR, International Journal of Architectural ResearchLicensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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