Making Downtown: Nicollet Mall’s Collaborative Design Response for a Vital City Center

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Making Downtown: Nicollet Mall’s Collaborative Design Response for a Vital City Center

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2010-04-21

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Nicollet Avenue had been the heart of downtown Minneapolis’ retail district for almost a century before it was designed to be a pedestrian mall in the 1960s, and thousands of people still circulate through it daily. While the Mall received a lot of publicity and attention in the years surrounding its construction, the story for us today is fragmented. The archival material from this period of Minneapolis’ history is found in a variety of places, and the span of eleven years meant a lot of people were involved in the design process. My goal is to reassemble its history during the 1950s and 60s.

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Thank you to the following individuals for their invaluable assistance, insight, and coaching: Professor Rachel Iannacone, Ph. D., University of Nicosia; William Whittaker and Nancy Thorne, University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives; Tony Jahn, Target Corporation Archives; Kate Solomonson, Associate Dean, College of Design; Greg Donofrio, Ph. D.; Larry Millett; Linda Mack; Jeff ery Hardwick, and unnamed others.

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Fredrickson, Marisa. (2010). Making Downtown: Nicollet Mall’s Collaborative Design Response for a Vital City Center. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/61879.

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