A Life Spent Changing Places

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Juni 2011



Lawrence Halprin, best known for a series of iconic masterpieces--including the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., and Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco--recounts how his personality and recurring themes along his life path contributed to his legacy in landscape architecture.


Foreword by Laurie Olin Preface PART I
Chapter 1. Family and Tribal Heritage
Chapter 2. The Grand Tour
Chapter 3. Poly Prep
Chapter 4. Return to Palestine
Chapter 5. My College Career
Chapter 6. World War II PART II
Chapter 7. Beginning My Career
Chapter 8. The Israel Thread
Chapter 9. Growing Pains
Chapter 10. The Rebellious Sixties
Chapter 11. A Time for Introspection
Chapter 12. A Transitional Search
Chapter 13. After the Show Was Over
Chapter 14. The New Millennium
Chapter 15. Reflections Index Acknowledgments


A transplanted Brooklynite, Lawrence Halprin began his professional career in San Francisco in 1949, and his work over the next 60 years spanned the country, from Oregon to Virginia. Among his publications are The RSVP Cycles: Creative Processes in the Human Environment (1969) and The Sea Ranch: Diary of an Idea (2003). Laurie Olin is Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and Principal of the Olin Partnership, a landscape architecture firm in Philadelphia. He is coauthor of La Foce: A Garden and Landscape in Tuscany and Vizcaya: An American Villa and Its Makers, both available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.


"Richly illustrated with hundreds of never before published photos and sketches, this deeply reflective book by Halprin covers the personal and professional, and in the process sheds light on how the maverick designer helped give places life, while they did the very same for him. In the process, Halprin illustrates how he helped to change the perception and practice of landscape architecture."-The Huffington Post "The remark that 'every great artist inhabits a genre and remakes it' could find no better proof than in ... the life and work [of Lawrence Halprin]. He produced a series of masterpieces of iconic stature: Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco; Sea Ranch on the north California coast; the Lovejoy and Ira Keller Fountain sequence in Portland, Oregon; Freeway Park in Seattle, Washington; the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.; and Stern Grove Theater in San Francisco, to name some of the best known. He knew plants horticulturally and could use them architecturally. Many of his greatest works were executed with humble, ordinary building materials: concrete, asphalt, stucco, wood, soil, and plants... [His ideas have] been so heavily copied and thoroughly absorbed into the vernacular of late twentieth-century urban development that they now appear as cliche. At the time, however, he and his staff were designing and building a new kind of public space."-Laurie Olin, from the Foreword
EAN: 9780812242638
ISBN: 0812242637
Untertitel: 'Penn Studies in Landscape Arch'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2011
Seitenanzahl: 258 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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