Giving Form to a Creation Story — The Remaking of Independence Mall

Olin, Laurie
September 2000
Places: Forum of Design for the Public Realm;Fall2000, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p52
Academic Journal
The article discusses the author's experience in redesigning the architecture of the Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to him, the mall has been a resounding failure, whether viewed as a work of art, a social setting, an urban design or architecture. The mall was built with a huge path, three blocks long and one block wide filled with grotesque architectural elements. The author's firm has played a lead role in the preparation of a master plan for its reconstruction.


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