Posts by Alison Moore

Lawrence Halprin, The Irving Levin Garden, San Anselmo, 1951 Courtesy of Fred Levin

A Landscape Planned for Living: Lawrence Halprin’s Levin Family Garden

Lawrence Halprin, The Irving Levin Garden, San Anselmo, 1951 Courtesy of Fred Levin

Lawrence Halprin, The Irving Levin Garden, San Anselmo, 1951
Courtesy of Fred Levin

Gardens were a wonderful testing ground for details and a great learning experience for how things are constructed. When gardens were successful they provided great personal joy

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Charles Birnbaum (Photographer), The Sea Ranch, 2008 Courtesy of Charles Birnbaum/The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Living Lightly on the Land: Lawrence Halprin and The Sea Ranch

Charles Birnbaum (Photographer), The Sea Ranch, 2008 Courtesy of Charles Birnbaum/The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Charles Birnbaum (Photographer), The Sea Ranch, 2008
Courtesy of Charles Birnbaum/The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Today The Sea Ranch on California’s Sonoma coast is known as a rustic community where people live in harmony with their environment. In 2005, landscape architect … Read more

Lawrence Halprin and George Lucas at the Letterman Digital Arts Center Opening, June 25, 2005 Courtesy of Robert David

Lawrence Halprin and the Letterman Digital Arts Center

Luminous beings are we… —Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980

Lawrence Noble (Sculptor), Yoda Fountain, Letterman Digital Arts Center, 2012 Courtesy of Wally Gobetz

Lawrence Noble (Sculptor), Yoda Fountain, Letterman Digital Arts Center, 2012
Courtesy of Wally Gobetz

We don’t know if the renowned landscape architect Lawrence Halprin … Read more

[The Human Be-In, Golden Gate Park, 1967 January 14], photograph by Gene Anthony, courtesy, California Historical Society, CPA-SOL_005

49 Years Ago: The Human Be-In

The “Summer of Love” in 1967 is generally thought to be when everything changed in San Francisco. As with most historic moments, there were many precipitating events which were bellwethers of things to come.… Read more

Levi’s Plaza Fountain with Levi Strauss & Co. Headquarters in the Background, 2015 Courtesy of Alison Moore

The Sierra in the City: Lawrence Halprin and Levi’s Plaza

Levi’s Plaza Fountain, 2015 Courtesy of Alison Moore

Levi’s Plaza Fountain, 2015
Courtesy of Alison Moore

In 1973 Levi Strauss & Co. left its cozy quarters at 98 Battery Street in San Francisco for the bold, upright world of the new Embarcadero Center, a series of four skyscrapers … Read more

Ghirardelli Square Courtesy of Fairmont Heritage Place

Urban Renaissance with Mermaids: Lawrence Halprin’s Ghirardelli Square

 Ghirardelli Square Courtesy of Fairmont Heritage Place

Ghirardelli Square
Courtesy of Fairmont Heritage Place

Today we know that the revival of the urban inner city begins with the restoration and re-use of old buildings. Cities that have preserved their old downtowns and industrial districts find in them … Read more

Sproul Plaza, courtesy Alison Moore.

Lawrence Halprin and the Plaza That Changed the World

Sproul Plaza, courtesy Alison Moore.

Sproul Plaza, courtesy Alison Moore.

Is architecture capable of changing the course of history?

On October 1, 1964, in the midst of a growing protest, University of California, Berkeley student Mario Savio hopped onto the roof of a police car … Read more