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The Sea Ranch
Fifty Years of Architecture, Landscape, and Placemaking on the Northern California Coast
Donlyn Lyndon , Jim Alinder

ISBN 9781616891770
Publication date 11/26/2013
11 x 11 inches (27.9 x 27.9 cm), Hardcover
304 pages, 200 color illustrations, 170 b/w illustrations
Rights: World; (-126.126)

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A hundred miles north of San Francisco, the Sonoma County coast meets the Pacific Ocean in a magnificent display of nature. This is the location of The Sea Ranch, an area covering several thousand acres of large, open meadows and forested natural settings interspersed with award-winning architecture. The ecologically inspired plan drawn up for The Sea Ranch in the mid-1960s caused a quiet revolution in architecture. Renowned landscape designer Lawrence Halprin's master plan incorporated a set of building guidelines that structured the visual as well as physical impact upon the landscape. Subsequent buildings by architects such as Joseph Esherick, Charles Willard Moore, Donlyn Lyndon, and William Turnbull have been recognized worldwide for their remarkable environmental sensitivity. This revised and updated edition of the now-classic monograph, the only one on the Sea Ranch, contains eleven additional projects and an updated account of the ongoing development process and land management issues.
  • This monograph is the definitive portrait of the Sea Ranch Revised edition celebrates The Sea Ranch's continued relevance as it enters its fiftieth year
  • Beautifully photographed with maps, plans, detailed descriptions of the houses, and essays by Donald Canty and Lawrence Halprin


    Donlyn Lyndon was one of the founding partners of the renowned architecture firm Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, Whitaker (MLTW). Jim Alinder is an internationally recognized fine art photographer.

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    Editorial Reviews


    San Francisco Chronicle:
    "No slice of Northern California blends buildings and terrain more evocatively than Sea Ranch, conceived during the 1960s for a stretch of then-remote Highway One. This book is an updated edition of the classic written by one of the original architects, adding recent houses to the mix of history, reminiscence, and critique."

    San Francisco Chronicle:
    "The definitive book on the definitive coastal utopia has been republished and like the terrain being surveyed, it's an update that evolves in supple and satisfying ways."

    PreservationNation blog:
    "This beloved coastal community in Northern California is coming up on its 50th anniversary, and the creators of a classic 2004 book about it have updated and revised the original for the occasion. Authors Donlyn Lyndon and Jim Alinder have added coverage of several newer Sea Ranch homes and remodels. These low-key wood-and-glass houses honor the nature-focused spirit of the earliest Sea Ranch buildings, designed by Joseph Esherick and MLTW/Moore Lyndon Turnbull Whitaker. Key parts of the original book (including an essay by landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, who designed Sea Ranch's master plan) remain to help readers better understand the thoughts that went into forming this magical place."

    Interiors California:
    "An experimental community in the 1960s, the Sea Ranch laid the foundation for today's sustainability movement. The Sea Ranch: Fifty Years of Architecture, Landscape, and Placemaking on the Northern California Coast ($65, Princeton Architectural Press), offers new perspective."



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