Remembering the Forefather of Urban Renewal, Lawrence Halprin

Remembering the Forefather of Urban Renewal, Lawrence Halprin

By Charles Birnbaum
Lawrence Halprin galvanized people into action with his grand cityscapes. The landscape architects of today are following his example—but at a different scale.

In his influential 1963 treatise Cities, the great landscape architect Lawrence Halprin wrote, "The city is man’s greatest work of art." For Halprin, landscape architecture provided an approach to reclaiming the urban environment, and he made ambitious use of it in scale, function, and design. In addition, "movement and its rhythmic structure," he wrote, brought cities to life—nothing was inanimate.

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