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Lawrence Halprin: Touchstones & Trailblazing

Presentation by Kenneth Helphand on midcentury modern landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. $10 (1 hr)

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Lawrence Halprin is one of the seminal figures in modern American landscape architecture. In a career spanning 60 years he created trailblazing projects now recognized as iconic including: The FDR Memorial, the Portland Open Space Sequence with Lovejoy and Forecourt Fountains, Sea Ranch, Ghirardelli Square, Nicollet Mall, Freeway Park, Haas Promenade, Levi Strauss Plaza, Stern Grove as well as designs for campuses, shopping centers, communities and more. His signature design methodology, the RSVP Cycles, along with a series of workshops with his wife Anna Halprin, are landmarks in creative design practice. This presentation surveys the breadth of Halprin’s career through a series of case studies. It also examines places that were touchstones of his creative process: Israel, the Sierra Nevada, Sea Ranch and his home in Marin County. Halprin distinguished himself by his passionate engagement in the issues of his time: social activism, environmentalism, the counterculture and urban revitalization.

Kenneth I. Helphand is the Philp H. Knight Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon. He is the author of Colorado: Visions of an American Landscape, Yard Street Park: The Design of Suburban Open Space (with Cynthia Girling), Dreaming Gardens: Landscape Architecture & the Making of Modern Israel, Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime, and Lawrence Halprin (2017). He is the former Chair of the Senior Fellows in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC.

Immediately following the presentation, Mr. Helphand will be signing copies of the book Lawrence Halprin.

This event qualifies for AIA CES Learning Units.


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Immediately following the presentation, Mr. Helphand will be signing copies of the book Lawrence Halprin.
This event is for all ages.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.


Event Check-in Location

Modernism Week CAMP Theater, 230 Museum Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Image courtesy of Kenneth Helphand., Image courtesy of the Halprin Conservancy.


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