A Lecture by Barbara Lamprecht, PhD, Architectural Historian
Richard Neutra (1892 - 1970) insisted that his designs were not buildings but “soul anchorages,” “habitats,” and “constellations,” environments that fused constructions and site. While renowned for his cool, sleek interpretations of Modernism, his first job after World War I was as an assistant to a gardener, on his knees planting seedlings in boxes. His employer, though, was no ordinary gardener, but one of Switzerland’s most famous early purveyors of Modern landscape design. At the time, landscape architecture as a profession was emerging from garden design, horticulture, and botany; it was an exciting time when new theoretical positions were established. Neutra was introduced to other now-iconic figures in the field, later integrating his knowledge of plants with ideas about evolutionary biology’s role in human well-being.
The event is free of charge and no reservations are required.
Above: Richard Neutra, Kuhns house, 1960s. Photo by John Lary Kuhns. Used with the kind permission of the family.
Right: View through patient waiting room Source: Photo by Julius Shulman. Copyright The J. Paul Getty Trust. The Getty Research Institute ID no grill_2004_r_10_b0081_9_2098_20.
Early California Landscapes and Gardens: Romance and Reality
Save the date: October 4-6, 2019
Lompoc and Mission La Purísima Concepción
The 2019 CGLHS Annual Conference will focus on the landscapes of early California. Our speakers will tell the story of the Missions and the early agricultural practices of California. We will explore the authentic history of the pre-Spanish era and post-Spanish settlements, along with the myth-making reinvention, in the 19th century, of these working landscapes into idyllic pastoral places of enchantment. We will also look at the late 20th century cultural shift to a more authentic telling of these stories.
Details will follow soon! We look forward to having you join us.
CGLHS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization
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