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City ChoreographerLawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America$
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Alison Bick Hirsch

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679782

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679782.001.0001

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Framing Civic Rituals

Framing Civic Rituals

Market Street, Nicollet Mall, Heritage Park Plaza

(p.62) (p.63) 2. Framing Civic Rituals
City Choreographer

Alison Bick Hirsch

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter Two introduces Anna’s investigation of ritual, setting it in contrast to experiments in chance performed by Merce Cunningham and John Cage, and then discusses Larry’s book Cities (1963) as a catalog of elements that create the framework for everyday and ceremonial urban rituals. This assessment of Cities is situated in relationship to his built work intended to facilitate and choreograph such rituals, including shopping malls and main streets. “Main Street” as infrastructure for ceremonial procession transitions into an analysis of the design for Heritage Park (Fort Worth) as a processional space that informs Halprin’s proposal for the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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

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