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Architectural Forum: “The Once and Future Sea Ranch”
The Sea Ranch Association
Above: Knipp-Stengel Barn, The Sea Ranch, 2014. Photo: Jacquelynn Baas.
Above: Knipp-Stengel Barn, The Sea Ranch, 2014. Photo: Jacquelynn Baas.

A panel of distinguished critics and architectural and landscape planners analyze the past and assess the future of The Sea Ranch on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of this historic example of the integration of built environment within the landscape.

The Sea Ranch (TSR), a community of private homes and commons sited along a spectacular ten-mile stretch of Northern California coast, was begun between 1964, when the grant deed to the property was filed with Sonoma County, and 1965, when the post office and MLTW’s iconic Condominium One were completed. The project was initiated by architect and developer Al Boeke for Oceanic Properties, Inc. and planned by landscape architect Lawrence Halprin working with a team of architects including Charles Moore, Donlyn Lyndon, William Turnbull, Richard Whitaker, and Joseph Esherick. Its planning and design were much heralded at the time.

In celebration of its 50th birthday, The Sea Ranch is sponsoring “The Once and Future Sea Ranch,” a free (pre-registration required) public forum scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 10am to 5pm, with a break for lunch (beverages provided).

The forum is intended to provide essential outside critiques of TSR at a time when most of the original founders have passed on, and to generate renewed interest in this early ecological development.  Participants will critically assess the history and potential of The Sea Ranch, followed by public discussion. The panelists will be asked to address the following questions:

How well has The Sea Ranch fulfilled the vision of its founders?

What are the greatest challenges and opportunities facing TSR today?

How might TSR Vision evolve to address these and future challenges?

Founding architect Donlyn Lyndon will open the program with a historical perspective. A panel of five architecture and landscape specialists from outside TSR will assess the history and potential of The Sea Ranch concept:

San Francisco Bay Area architectural and urban historian Mitchell Schwarzer 
Architectural Record editor-in-chief Cathleen McGuigan
Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne
UC Berkeley Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Linda Jewell
Architect and Planner Will Bruder

The program concludes with questions from the audience, followed by wine, cheese, and informal discussion.

Lodging options 
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www.searanchescape.com
www.searanchgetaway.com
searanchrentals.com
www.oceanviewprop.com
www.vrbo.com

Sponsored by The Sea Ranch Foundation and The Sea Ranch Association
Supported by Sonoma County Advertising and Promotions Program.

 

 

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June 25, 2014