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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;

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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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