Dancing on the Beach

Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966 – 1971

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San Francisco, California – Thursday, January 21, 2016 – The California Historical Society opens The 1960s Revisited: A 50th Anniversary Celebration with the San Francisco premiere of its new exhibition, Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971Read 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

Trips Festival flier, 1966, California social, protest, and counterculture movements ephemera

The 1960s Revisited: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Since the mid-20th century, San Francisco has been a beacon supporting underground movements, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and being one of the top music destinations in the world. Its dedication to preserving a singular voice – often … 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

The 1960s Revisited: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

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San Francisco, CA – Thursday, December 10, 2015 – The California Historical Society announces today a 3-Day Arts Festival, entitled The 1960s Revisited: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (January 21-23, 2016), featuring renowned scholars in conversation regarding the … 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

Lawrence Halprin, Yosemite Studies, 1970, watercolor over photocopy on paper; courtesy of the Halprin Family Archive and Edward Cella Art + Architecture “Studying the granite formations, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls [of Yosemite] and their evolution has formed the basis of my design philosophy.” —Lawrence Halprin

Yosemite—Protected Wilderness

On October 1, 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed legislation establishing the country’s third national park at Yosemite. Congress had recognized Yosemite as worthy of protection since 1864, when in the midst of the Civil War it granted the magnificent and … Read more

Stern Grove: “Mystical” Gift to San Francisco

August 16, 2015, concludes the 78th Stern Grove Festival—the annual outdoor performing arts event sponsored by the City of San Francisco—at the historic Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove south of Golden Gate Park.

As the season closes, we recall the history … Read more

Anna Halprin; photo by Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle

Choreographing the Environment

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