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Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

In Memorium: Lawrence Halprin Dies at 93


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I was sad to hear of Lawrence Halprin’s passing on Sunday night. He was one of my favorite landscape architects. For eleven years, I lived in Charlottesville Virginia and was able to enjoy the Halprin-designed Downtown Mall. I could go on about his best-known projects, like Ghiradelli Square or the FDR Memorial, but my very favorite design of his is Lovejoy Plaza in Portland, OR, and a glance at his sketchbook pages tell you all you need to know about why his designs work so well. Without weighing us down with a bunch of archispeak gibberish, we can follow the idea from it’s initial contextual inspirations to the final product:

I should have known when I went to find a picture of Lovejoy Plaza on flickr that my favorite one would have been taken by Ken McCowen. To see more beautiful images of Halprin’s work taken by Ken, click here.

Halprin was that perfect combination of conscientious urban problem solver who understood natural processes. He did such an artful job of understanding the greater context of a place and bringing his interpretations of ecology into cities in an artful way. Lovejoy Park is a perfect example of this. He contributed so much to the American landscape; whether helping to heal the gash a freeway cut through a neighborhood in Seattle or protecting the land by leaving a soft footprint at Sea Ranch. He will be missed.

For more information on the Halprin Landscape Conservancy, click here.


Friday, October 9th, 2009

Flickr Faves on Friday


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As I sit here at my messy desk, wishing I could get my act together, I stumbled upon this studio from flickr member Art·Craft·Thrift. I want to go over there and work. There’s a place for everything; a truly inspiring inspiration board, and check out those great picture rails in the smaller room. This flickr member, whose name is Jessica and who lives in Portland Oregon, also has a lovely blog called Domestic PDX, where she even lets you see her inspiration board updates. Thanks Jessica, I needed a kick in the pants this morning!

Art Studio

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