San Francisco: Lawrence Halprin & Associates, 1972. 1st Edition. Small oblong folio, publisher's side-stapled grey paper printed black, original loose folded yellow paper wraps.
Scarce first edition of influential architect Lawrence Halprin’s treatise on participatory public planning. Created in response to the increasing public demand for urban renewal in the 1960s and 70s, Halprin and his wife Ann, an avant-garde modern dancer, formulated the “Take Part Process.” Not unlike John Cage’s “Happenings” of the same era, the Halprins staged interactive events with action guidelines and loose “Scores” (defined by Halprin as “symbolizations of processes which extend over time”) to involve the public in designing open spaces. The workshops were undertaken with relative success at the invitation of cities such as Fort Worth, Charlottesville, and Cleveland, with funding by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and made a lasting impact on the shape urban and regional development would take in the United States thereafter. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white reproductions of photographs and drawings; with two appendices providing a more in depth explanation of the practice-based theory and a Q&A. Printed by the Portland Press. Light soiling to wraps, corners bumped. Very good. Item #3173