What's Out There Weekends

What's Out There Weekends: The Public Landscapes of Lawrence Halprin [Nationwide]

Various Locations, CA

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In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the birth of American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009), TCLF is expanding its What's Out There Weekend format to include several months of tours of over a dozen landscapes designed by Lawrence Halprin and his firm.

What's Out There Weekends: The Public Landscapes of Lawrence Halprin will feature free, expert-led tours of landscapes across the country, from Portland, Oregon and The Sea Ranch, California, to Atlanta, Georgia and Charlottesville, Virginia. One tour will even take place in Jerusalem, Israel. The tours, held over a four-month period, will serve as a prelude to the unveiling of TCLF's annual Landslide initiative, which will increase the public visibility of Halprin's irreplaceable design legacy while promoting informed stewardship to guide these landscapes into the future. The capstone of these efforts will be an exhibition of original photography and artifacts set to open at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., in November and traveling thereafter.

Lawrence Halprin & Associates
Lawrence Halprin & Associates - Photo courtesy of Lawrence Halprin & Associates

Lawrence Halprin & Associates was based in San Francisco, and the Weekends will kick off with a tour of Sigmund Stern Grove on July 23rd. Halprin worked on diverse landscapes, including parks, plazas, campuses, memorials, private residences, and pedestrian malls. The tours will cover his major projects, including the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C.; The Sea Ranch community in Sonoma County; Heritage Plaza Park in Fort Worth, Texas; the Haas and Sherover Promenades in Jerusalem, Israel (designed in collaboration with landscape architect Shlomo Aronson); and some of Halprin’s lesser-known designs, such as Main Street in Greenville, South Carolina, and several garden-apartment complexes.

Many of the tour guides have worked for or with Halprin over the years and can share intimate knowledge of the sites. Other guides have worked to save or extend the life of threatened Halprin designs through diligent research, documentation, and public engagement. They include landscape architects, architects, archivists, city planners, and historians. The purpose of the tours is to provide unique perspectives on Halprin’s legacy and examine his work within changing cities, while affording opportunities for discussion between guides and participants. Some of the sites feature newly restored and rehabilitated landscape features, from plazas with functioning fountains to renewed plantings. Other sites have been cordoned off for years due to deteriorating conditions and these tours will provide exclusive access. The tour of Capitol Towers Apartments represents the last opportunity to engage with a Halprin landscape that is scheduled for demolition in October 2016.

Tours will be offered in California, Texas, Missouri, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., New York, and Israel. Information about times and registration will be posted on TCLF’s website as soon it becomes available. Registration for these free tours is open to the public, but space is limited.  

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