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

We don’t know if the renowned landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916–2009) was a Star Wars fan, but we can say with some certainty that … Read more

On this day in 1966 Ken Kesey in Union Square promoting the Trips Festival

Ken Kesey and others pulled up to Union Square to promote the Trips Festival – organized by Kesey, Stewart Brand, Roman Sender and Bill Graham at the Longshoreman’s Hall between January 21-23 1966. KRON-TV was on hand to document the … Read more

Anna Halprin Surrounded by Dancers in Circle the Earth, c. 1980s Courtesy of the Museum of Performance + Design

Anna Halprin: Dance as a Healing Art

Before I had cancer, I lived my life in service of dance, and after I had cancer, I danced in the service of life. – Anna Halprin

The pioneer avant-garde dancer Anna Halprin knows a thing or two about the … 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

The Trips Festival explained

The Trips Festival was a transformative event that helped mark the beginning of the hippie counterculture movement in San Francisco. Organized by Stewart Brand, Ramon Sender, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, and Bill Graham at the Longshoremen’s Hall for … 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

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 located near the city’s waterfront. Within a few … Read more

Peace Dove, 2014 Photo © Sue Heinemann

Anna Halprin: Dance for the Ages

At Anna Halprin’s workshop at Moa Oasis, an ecological retreat in the southern Israeli desert, participants from all over the world created a ritual for peace, followed by a spontaneous dance of joy.

 Martha Graham used to say … Read more

Ghirardelli Square Courtesy of Fairmont Heritage Place

Urban Renaissance with Mermaids: Lawrence Halprin’s Ghirardelli Square

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 the seeds to begin anew. Seeking community, … Read more

Anna Halprin in Her Work Madrona, c. 1954 Photographer unknown; Anna Halprin Papers, Museum of Performance + Design

Celebrating the Legendary Dance Pioneer Anna Halprin

As 2015 comes to a close, so, too, does the year-long, worldwide 95th birthday celebration for the postmodern dance pioneer Anna Halprin. National and international tributes have brought a renewed focus to Anna’s contributions to performance, choreography, and dance education.… Read more

Sproul Plaza, courtesy Alison Moore.

Lawrence Halprin and the Plaza That Changed the World

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 in Sproul Plaza, the open … Read more

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