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Influences: The Halprin Workshops
Chip Lord
Sep 25, 2014, 6pm
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Chip Lord, cofounder of the experimental architecture collective Ant Farm, will reflect on his participation in one of the Halprins’ early collaborative workshops and the influence that this experience had on his later work.

 

Chip Lord was trained as an architect and was a founding member of the experimental art and architecture collective Ant Farm (1968-1978). Dedicated to finding alternatives to mainstream architectural practice, Ant Farm worked at the fringe of architecture, producing inflatable structures, organizing performances and media events, and exploring nomadic design.  Ant Farm achieved widespread notoriety in the 1970s for such projects as House of the Century (1972), a ferro-cement weekend House in Texas, which won a Progressive Architecture Design Citation in 1971, and Cadillac Ranch (1974), an iconic work that is both public art and entropic sculpture and crosses disciplinary boundaries. Ant Farm also produced the video art classics Media Burn and The Eternal Frame, both in 1975. Following his involvement with Ant Farm, Lord continued to work in video and produced single channel tapes and installations, often collaborating with other artists. Lord has taught at the University of California, San Diego and the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he is Professor Emeritus in Film & Digital Media.

 

Image: The Clean Air Pod by Ant Farm at U.C. Berkeley on the first Earth Day, 1970. Courtesy Chip Lord.

For more information on the exhibition, Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966-1971, click here.

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Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Susan Herrington
Nov 19, 2014, 6pm
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Canadian landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander has been creating innovative landscapes for more than sixty years. Her work with preeminent architects throughout Canada and the United States has provided sustainable solutions for private gardens and public spaces.

Susan Herrington's research concerns the history and theory of designed landscapes. She has conducted research in Germany with support from the German Academic Exchange, in Cambridge as a visiting researcher at Harvard University, and as an early career scholar with the UBC Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. From 2010–11 she was a UBC Killam Faculty Fellow. She is author of On Landscapes (Routledge, 2009) and Schoolyard Park (2002). She has published articles in Architecture and IdeasFootprintLandscape Journal, and Landscape Research, as well as numerous chapters in books. She is professor of landscape architecture and architecture at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

 

Image: Expo '67, An Environment for Creative Play and Learning. Courtesy of Canadian Centre for Architecture, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Archives.

 

Related Grant: Susan Herrington, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape (University of Virginia Press, 2014).

For more information on the exhibition, Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966-1971, click here.

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Alison Hirsch and Eva Jessica Friedberg
Dec 04, 2014, 6pm
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Alison Hirsch is a landscape architectural designer as well as urban historian and theorist. Her book City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America was released by University of Minnesota Press in April 2014. The book provides an analysis of the creative process Lawrence Halprin developed with his wife, dancer and choreographer Anna Halprin, and how aspects of this process have the potential to enrich contemporary approaches to structuring the city.

Eva Jessica Friedberg recently completed her doctoral dissertation on the American environmental designer Lawrence Halprin titled “Action Architecture: Lawrence Halprin’s Experiments in Landscape Design, Urbanism, and the Creative Process.” This project is one of the first retrospectives on Halprin and his landscape architecture work from the mid-20th century. The dissertation examines closely the designer’s development of the RSVP Cycles as a new method for organizing human creative processes and as a guide to collective creativity.

 

Image: Photographer unknown, participants in “Experiments in Environment, a creativity workshop that served as an experimental precursor to Lawrence Halprin & Associates’ Take Part Process, a community participation methodology, 1966, Kentfield, CA. Courtesy of the Lawrence Halprin Collection, the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania.

 

Related Grants: Alison Hirsch, City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America (University of Minnesota Press, 2014); Eva Jessica Friedberg, "Action Architecture: Lawrence Halprin's Experiments in Landscape Design, Urbanism, and the Creative Process."

For more information on the exhibition, Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966-1971, click here.

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Courtesy of the Lawrence Halprin Collection, the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania.

Opening Reception: Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966-1971
Sep 19, 2014, 6pm
Opening Reception

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Please joins us to celebrate the opening of our fall exhibition.

For more information on the exhibition, Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966-1971, click here.

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Archigram’s Los Angeles: A Sentimentality for the Future
Simon Sadler
Jul 21, 2014, 6pm
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The images of Los Angeles by Britain’s Archigram group are a little perplexing. Are they depicting the Los Angeles of the 1960s, or a projected Los Angeles? On July 21, architectural and urban historian Simon Sadler delves into Archigram’s Los Angeles, a city that became the new locus of the urban imaginary in the vanguard circuits of 1960s London. Sadler considers how Archigram’s projections of a future Los Angeles were perhaps nostalgic for California’s recent past, while serving London’s larger fantasy of spontaneous, populist, self-organized urbanism.

 

Simon Sadler is professor of architectural and urban history at the University of California, Davis. His publications include Archigram: Architecture without Architecture (MIT Press, 2005); Non-Plan: Essays on Freedom, Participation and Change in Modern Architecture and Urbanism (Architectural Press, 2000, coeditor Jonathan Hughes); and The Situationist City (MIT Press, 1998). He currently coordinates the California section of the Society of Architectural Historians’ Archipedia project.


Image: Warren Chalk (Archigram), Santa Monica Beach, teaching slide, c. 1968.

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