City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America by Alison Bick Hirsch (Paperback, 2014)
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- DescriptionOne of the most prolific and influential landscape architects of the twentieth century, Lawrence Halprin (1916 2009) was best kwn for the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C., and Sea Ranch, the iconic planned community in California. These projects, as well as vibrant public spaces throughout the country from Ghirardelli Square and Market Street in San Francisco to Lovejoy Fountain Park in Portland and Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis grew out of a participatory design process that was central to Halprin s work and is proving ever more relevant to urban design today.In City Choreographer, urban designer and historian Alison Bick Hirsch explains and interprets this creative process, called the RSVP Cycles, referring to the four components: resources, score, valuation, and performance. With access to a vast archive of drawings and documents, Hirsch provides the first close-up look at how Halprin changed our ideas about urban landscapes. As an urban pioneer, he found his frontier in the nation s densely settled metropolitan areas during the 1960s. Blurring the line between observer and participant, he sought a way to bring openness to the rigidly controlled worlds of architectural modernism and urban renewal. With his wife, Anna, a rewned avant-garde dancer and choreographer, Halprin organized workshops involving artists, dancers, and interested citizens that produced scores, which then informed his designs. City Choreographer situates Halprin within the larger social, artistic, and environmental ferment of the 1960s and 1970s. In doing so, it demonstrates his profound impact on the shape of landscape architecture and his work s widening reach into urban and regional development and contemporary concerns of sustainability.
- Author BiographyAlison Bick Hirsch, a landscape and urban designer as well as urban historian and theorist, is assistant professor in landscape architecture at the University of Southern California. She is cofounder and partner of the Foreground design agency, a transdisciplinary practice operating between the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, and the visual arts.
- Author(s)Alison Bick Hirsch
- PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Date of Publication01/04/2014
- Place of PublicationMinnesota
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Content Note105 black & white illustrations
- Weight730 g
- Width216 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine22 mm
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