“Please try to remember, we’re all in this together.” —Lawrence Halprin
Lawrence Halprin’s vision began with spaces that would be for everyone. So it’s only natural that involving everyone is the approach we’re taking in order to restore these heritage spaces. Everyone can help in the way that works for them.
Together with our partners, we have shaped an innovative plan to raise $4 million for Sequence restoration — and we’re more than halfway there. But we need your help. With the 50th anniversary of these parks and plazas upon us, it is time for all of us to join in to get the job done. Here are some things you can do:
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Get the full scoop on Lawrence and Anna Halprin and their reinvention of public space. Softcover books are $55, and hardcover are $75, including shipping and handling. All proceeds benefit restoration of the Portland Open Space Sequence. Read a summary of this engaging history below.
Where the Revolution Began: Lawrence Halprin and Anna Halprin and the Reinvention of Public Space by John Beardsley (Author), Janice Ross (Author), Randy Gragg (Author), Susan Seubert (Photographer)
Summary: Between 1963 and 1970, Lawrence Halprin and Associates realized a quartet of public plazas in Portland, Oregon, that redefined the city and set a bold new precedent for urban landscape architecture. Dubbed the Portland Open Space Sequence and composed of the Lovejoy Fountain, Pettygrove Park, and Forecourt Fountain (later renamed Ira Keller Fountain), plus the lesser known Source Fountain, the plazas were a dynamic collage of striking concrete forms, gushing water, and alpine flora that, in their seamless mix of nature and theater, created a playful metaphorical watershed coursing through the central city. Where the Revolution Began is the story of how these plazas came to be. Born of the creative experimentation and collaboration between Halprin and his wife, pioneering choreographer/ dancer Anna Halprin, the sequence came to life in the unlikely setting of the city’s first scrape-and-rebuild urban renewal project. But Halprin defied the conventions of both American urban renewal and midcentury modernism, designing the kind of inviting, exuberant public space not seen seen since Renaissance Rome’s Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navonna. For Halprin, the plazas became the first step in a career-long exploration of sequential works of landscape design, from the Haas Promenade in Jerusalem to the Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. For Portland, Halprin’s work marked the beginning of a tradition of remaking the city around interactive public spaces such as the famed Pioneer Courthouse Square. And for landscape architecture, the plazas offer some of the earliest precedents for the ecologically and socially responsive urbanism ascendant today. (Source: Amazon.com)
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Your tax-deductible contribution, large or small, is greatly appreciated. Click on the PayPal link below to make a secure gift, or mail your contribution to: Halprin Landscape Conservancy, PO Box 28367, Portland, OR 97228.
The Halprin Landscape Conservancy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and official steward of the Portland Open Space Sequence. Your contribution is a tax-deductible charitable donation. It is also eligible for the Oregon Cultural Trust tax-credit program, which can reduce your Oregon tax payment. Please feel free to contact us directly with questions about your contribution.