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Event in Los Angeles Honors Halprin and Organization Safeguarding His Legacy

Pioneering landscape architect Lawrence Halprin is getting a great deal of attention in Los Angeles through the end of the year. The traveling photographic exhibition, The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, which was organized by the Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) and debuted at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., will be on view at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum>LA, September 29 – December 31, 2017. ASLA is a sponsor of the Halprin exhibition. The official opening will take place on Friday, October 20, on the eve of the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO; this is a ticketed event, space is limited, and reservations are required – click here for reservations.

At the exhibition’s opening reception, two organizations closely associated with Halprin will receive TCLF’s Stewardship Excellence Awards in honor of their work to safeguard some of his work – The Halprin Landscape Conservancy in Portland, Oregon, and The Sea Ranch Association in Sea Ranch, California.

First awarded in 2001, the Stewardship Excellence Award is bestowed on a person, group, or agency that shares TCLF’s mission of “connecting people to places.” The aim of the award is to highlight stewardship stories that will educate and inspire future generations of cultural landscape stewards. Past recipients of the Stewardship Excellence Award include individuals (Mayor Richard M. Daley, Dr. Charles E. Beveridge); not-for-profit organizations (Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, The American Academy in Rome, Greenacre Foundation); historic properties (Indianapolis Museum of Art, Casa del Herrero Foundation); local groups (Friends of Gas Works Park, Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy); state municipalities (Kentucky Heritage Council); and federal agencies (The Presidio Trust, National Park Service).

About the 2017 Stewardship Excellence recipients:

The Halprin Landscape Conservancy, the first park conservancy focused on the stewardship of a collection of Modernist landscapes has been selected in recognition of its significant achievements – all since its founding in 2006. In 2009, the Conservancy made its presence known with the memorable and enormously successful “City Dance of Lawrence and Anna Halprin," an NEA American Masterworks music/dance performance, while also publishing the book, Where the Revolution Began: Lawrence and Anna Halprin and the Reinvention of Public Space (2009).

Five years after its founding, and fully recognized in the City of Portland by both the public and public agencies, the Conservancy put in place an agreement for public/private partnerships with the city. The following year it undertook a Conditions Assessment Report for the much-needed restoration of the resources that also served as a springboard for the 2013 listing of the entire Sequence of Open Spaces in the National Register of Historic Places. With an executive director on board since 2013, the Conservancy has worked closely with Portland Parks & Recreation on a wide array of achievements, among them, a complete restoration of the pavilion at Lovejoy Plaza and the trimming/thinning of trees at Pettygrove Park. In 2016, the Conservancy completed a $2.15 million Local Improvement District with matching $1.45 million from the city.

The Sea Ranch Association, conceived to “serve as stewards for the conservation and enhancement of the environment and administer Sea Ranch affairs,” was established by the developers at its founding, along with a Design Committee to guide/control any physical improvements at the Sea Ranch (TSR). This revolutionary idea was given real teeth by a comprehensive set of covenants, conditions and restrictions, known as “the CC&Rs.” Building on these early planning and design principles, dozens of stewardship activities have been accomplished. A centerpiece of these efforts is the Commons Landscape Committee (CLC) whose members work in concert with other groups. Hundreds of member volunteers target such activities as monitoring and planting hedgerows, actively maintaining trails, and addressing TSR’s overall vision, with special attention to its meadows, native plants, and forests. Of note is The Sea Ranch Landscape – Summary of Commons Landscape Planning and Management 2010-2016, a concise treatise for managing the natural and cultural systems of TSR.

Equally significant is the work of The Sea Ranch Design Committee whose efforts are central to the stewardship/protection of all Sea Ranch development -- whether held in private or in common. Its oversight during the half century since the founding team, led by Larry Halprin and Al Boeke, created the community’s overarching planning and design intentions and has been fundamental to the quality and character of TSR today. Finally, a very conscious strategic effort is underway to actively document and interpret TSR for new generations– making visible and instilling respect for TSR’s unique character and design legacy through workshops, lectures, websites, and publications.

As a reminder, the Halprin exhibition reception at which the Stewardship Excellence Awards are presented is a ticketed event, space is limited, and reservations are required – click here for reservations.

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