Lawrence Halprin: July 1, 1916 - October 25, 2009
October 27, 2009 1:58 PM Subscribe
Influential landscape architect Lawrence Halprin has died at the age of 93.
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"He was the single most influential landscape architect of the postwar years," said Charles Birnbaum, president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation. "He redefined the profession's role in cities." Noted projects include The Sea Ranch
a 5,000-acre residential development on the coast of Sonoma county in northern California; Ghirardelli Square
, the first major adaptive re-use project in the United States, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
in Washington, D.C
; and a new trail
from which to experience Yosemite Falls
He was truly a pioneer
in his field. For a generation that often divided landscape practice into landscape art versus ecological design, Halprin’s works
and his writings demonstrate
how to link creative artistic impulses with the ecological sciences. He excelled at connecting phenomenological experience with environmental awareness and ethics. Halprin considered the design process as important as the end result. He analyzed user needs to create diagrams
. He developed a design methodology
involving client and user in which their desires were synthesized
into a final design statement. His work is archived
at the University of Pennsylvania.
His death at 93 ends a long, creative life that left a distinctive imprint across many landscapes.