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City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America

Alison Bick Hirsch

Abstract

Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009) was one of the most influential landscape architects of the 20th-century. Though he is most widely known for the FDR Memorial in Washington DC and the Sea Ranch in California, his creative process – derived in the 1960s from experiments in choreographic scoring – represents an overlooked antecedent to today’s approach to landscape and urban design, which emphasizes infrastructural networks, ecological processes, multidisciplinary collaboration, as well as public participation. Emerging from exhaustive study of his vast archive of drawings and documents (housed at t ... More

Keywords: Lawrence Halprin, Anna Halprin, urban renewal, landscape architecture, participatory planning, urban design, choreography, creative process

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816679782
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816679782.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Bick Hirsch, author
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Southern California