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City Choreographer


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Introduction: Scoring the Participatory City

1. The Creative Origins of Larry and Anna Halprin
Part I. Built Work
2. Framing Civic Rituals: Market Street, Nicollet Mall, Heritage Park Plaza
3. Designing with Nature as "Archetypal Precedent": Portland Open Space Sequence,
Seattle Freeway Park, Manhattan Square Park
Part II. Community Workshops
4. The Take Part Process: Halprin & Associates in Participatory Design
5. Facilitation and/or Manipulation: The Challenges of Taking Part in Fort Worth,
Everett, Charlottesville, and Cleveland

Conclusion: Choreography and the Contemporary City


About the Author

Alison Bick Hirsch, a landscape and urban designer as well as urban historian and theorist, is assistant professor in landscape architecture at the University of Southern California. She is cofounder and partner of the Foreground design agency, a transdisciplinary practice operating between the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, and the visual arts.


"The cogent writing and comprehensive research of the first two sections soar, making this book fundamental to future researchers."-CHOICE

"Hirsch's book has enough distance from its subject and time period that readers may recognize themselves and their own dilemmas in it."-Planning Magazine

"Hirsch's book contributes to a growing body of historical research interested in activism and social engagement in environmental design fields."-Planning Perspectives

"Hirsch has authored a handsome book. . . some of the period photos are delightful, featuring children and adults cavorting in fountains and expressing a collective joy in public gathering."-Journal of Planning Education and Research

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