320 pages, 105 B&W photos
8.5 x 8.5 inches
University of Minnesota Press, 2014
University press books on specialized subject matter are probably not widely recognised as captivating reads, but I absolutely love their in-depth approach to a solitary theme and the information to be gained from reading them. Alison Bick Hirsch's volume on Lawrence Halprin fits that description perfectly. The landscape architect was at the forefront of '60s and '70s West Coast experimentalism, and if more people took notice of his ideas about participating in our created environments, the world might be in a better ecological state than it is today.