Take some time today to listen to this beautiful 2011 episode of 99% Invisible. covering another iconic Lawrence Halprin designed fountain: the "sunken fountain" in San Francisco's United Nations Plaza. This story features audio interviews with Halprin and asks a question that has plagued Flint's Riverbank Park for decades: "is there a point where the good intentions and idealism of a design become so removed from reality that it actually borders on negligence?"
In the center of San Francisco, there is a plaza with no benches. Its central feature, at the entrance of the plaza, is a unique fountain that was designed by Lawrence Halprin in 1975. The water shoots out at various angles from inside a sunken pit, filled with large granite slabs. It’s a design t...