By the mid-1950s,
Halprin was designing small-scale subdivisions, apartment complexes, campus landscapes, and shopping centers. His practice became more multi-disciplinary, growing beyond a core group of landscape architects, architects, engineers, and planners to include ecologists, sociologists, artists, biologists, geologists, photographers, and others.
He responded to programmatic challenges with progressive yet economically viable design solutions. At San Francisco’s former Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory, for example, Halprin recycled and transformed the disused complex into a thriving hive of commercial activity, melding historic preservation with Modernist design. A coastal complex at The Sea Ranch, California, delicately incorporated residential and commercial development along ten miles of oceanfront, while limiting encroachment on the native environment. The approach garnered widespread media attention. A 1966 Sports Illustrated article called Halprin “a new breed of landscape architect, an environmental planner.”
TCLF’s Landslide® program, established in 2003, raises awareness about threatened and at-risk landscapes and works of landscape architecture. This annual thematic compendium, organized in 2016 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Lawrence Halprin’s birth, is part of the broader Landslide program and aims to encourage informed stewardship decisions. learn more
The Cultural Landscape Foundation® (TCLF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1998 to connect people to places. TCLF educates and engages the public to make our shared landscape heritage more visible, identify its value, and empower its stewards. Through its website, publishing, lectures and other events, TCLF broadens support and understanding for cultural landscapes. learn more
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