Personal Space: The Drawings of Lawrence Halprin

The first publication of an exclusive collection of rarely-seen drawings by Lawrence Halprin 1916-2009 reveals Halprin's almost daily practice of drawing as a means to not only record his diverse visual experiences, the ecstasies of life, but also as a tool to engage with the trials and tribulations of war, and the rawness and beauty of nature.

Birmbaum, president and ceo of the Cultural Landscape Foundation; and a poem by Halprin's grandson, Jahan Khalighi. The full-color book features 99 drawings, an essay by Eva J. Friedberg, independent scholar of architectural history, urban studies and landscape theory; an introduction by Charles A.

Lawrence Halprin Masters of Modern Landscape Design Ser.

During a career spanning six decades, Lawrence Halprin 1916–2009 became one of the most prolific and outspoken landscape architects of his generation. Throughout his long career, he strived to develop poetic and symbolic landscapes that, in his words, could “articulate a culture’s most spiritual values.

”. Along with his contemporary Ian McHarg, Halprin was his generation’s great proselytizer for landscape architecture as environmental design. He communicated his ideas as well in lectures, exhibits, books, and performances. By the 1960s the firm had gained recognition for significant urban renewal projects such as Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco 1962–68, Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis 1962–67, and Freeway Park in Seattle 1970–74.

He opened his own san francisco office in 1949, where he initially focused on residential commissions in the Bay Area, completing close to three hundred in ten years’ time. In his lifelong effort to improve the American landscape, Halprin celebrated the creative process as a form of social activism. A native new yorker, halprin earned degrees from Cornell and the University of Wisconsin before completing his design degree at Harvard.

He took on challenging new project types, developing a multidisciplinary practice while experimenting with adaptive reuse and ecological designs for new shopping malls, freeways, and urban parks. Halprin used his conception of a sierra stream as the catalyst for the Portland Open Space Sequence, a series of parks featuring great fountains that linked housing and civic space in the inner city.

A charismatic speaker and passionate artist, Halprin designed landscapes that reflected the democratic and participatory ethic characteristic of his era.

Ruth Shellhorn Masters of Modern Landscape Design Ser.

As president of the southern california chapter of ASLA, she became a champion of her profession, working tirelessly to achieve state licensure for landscape architects. In a career spanning nearly sixty years, Ruth Shellhorn 1909–2006 helped shape Southern California’s iconic modernist aesthetic. This is the first full-length treatment of shellhorn, and left her mark on awide array of places, collaborated with some of the region’s most celebrated architects, who created close to four hundred landscape designs, including college campuses and Disneyland’s Main Street.

Kelly comras tells the story of Shellhorn’s life and career before focusing on twelve projects that explore her approach to design and aesthetic philosophy ingreater detail. The book’s project studies include designs for bullock’s department stores and Fashion Square shopping centers; school campuses, including a multiyear master plan for the University of California at Riverside; a major Los Angeles County coastal planning project; the western headquarters for Prudential Insurance; residential estates and gardens; and her collaboration on the original plan for Disneyland.

Shellhorn received formal training at oregon State and Cornell Universities and was influenced by such contemporaries as Florence Yoch, Welton Becket, Beatrix Farrand, and Ralph Dalton Cornell. In her own practice, she collaborated closely with architects to address landscape concerns at the earliest stages of building design, retained long-term control over the maintenance of completed projects, and considered the importance of the region’s natural environment at a time of intense development throughout Southern California.

Shellhorn set a standard of creativity, productivity, and respect for the native landscape that defused gender stereotypes―and earned her the admiration of landscape designers then and now.

Toward an Urban Ecology: SCAPE / Landscape Architecture

Monacelli Pr. Kate orff, 2017 macarthur fellow, has an optimistic and transformative message about our world: we can bring together social and ecological systems to sustainably remake our cities and landscapes. Part monograph, urban, part manife­sto, demonstrating how to move beyond familiar and increasingly outmoded ways of thinking about environmental,  Toward an Urban Ecology reconceives urban landscape design as a form of activism, part manual, and social issues as separate domains; and advocating for the synthesis of practice to create a truly urban ecology.

In purely practical terms, including the loss of biodiversity, policy makers,  the loss of social cohesion, and communities can use to address some of the most pressing issues of our time, SCAPE has already generated numerous tools and techniques that designers,  and ecological degradation. Toward an urban ecology features numerous projects and select research from SCAPE, and conveys a range of strategies to engender a more resilient and inclusive built environment.