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City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America

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How Lawrence Halprin’s choreographic design method mitigated the alienating effects of urban renewal and enriched contemporary urban design. 

City Choreographer interprets and explains the participatory design process that was central to the work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. Situating Halprin within the larger social, artistic, and environmental ferment of the 1960s and 1970s, it demonstrates his profound impact on the shape of landscape architecture and his work’s widening reach into urban and regional development and contemporary sustainability concerns.

"This is an important study of one of the most significant figures in 20th century landscape architecture and urban design. Alison Bick Hirsch has written the first significant critical assessment of several of Lawrence Halprin’s most iconic works and the historically important and controversial Take Part workshops. With access to his collected papers and both Halprin prior to his death and his wife, the equally important and innovative modern dancer and choreographer, Anna, Hirsch focuses critical attention upon their collaboration and development on urban ‘scores’ in the tumultuous era of the 1960s and 70s, as well as their dramatic differences."

Laurie D. Olin, partner, The OLIN Studio

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