City Choreographer constitutes the most comprehensive monograph to date on the well-known landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, whose often-dramatic designs for fountains, plazas, and interconnected pedestrian pathways helped to change the faces of various American cities during the 1960s and 1970s. From the perspective of current planning policy and preservation, this monograph is timely insofar as a number of Halprin’s best-known works, notably Denver’s Skyline Park (1974) and Minneapolis’s Nicollet Mall (1968), have recently been destroyed or altered beyond recognition. Other Halprin landscapes remain in a state of disrepair or planning limbo. Part of the purpose of the book, reiterated in the introduction and conclusion, is to make a plea for the ongoing relevance and...
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Book Review| December 01 2015
Alison Bick Hirsch
City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America
University of Minnesota Press,
2014, 320 pp., 105 b/w illus. $30 (paper), ISBN 9780816679799
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2015) 74 (4): 505–506.
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Anthony Raynsford; Review. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 December 2015; 74 (4): 505–506. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2015.74.4.505
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