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    Lawrence Halprin Collection, Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania School of Design

PennDesign’s Architectural Archives and Berkeley’s Environmental Design Archives Bring Halprin Project Online

The Environmental Design Archives (EDA) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), in collaboration with The Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design (PennDesign), is pleased to announce the completion of a project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Under the Access to Historical Records: Archival Projects grant program, the EDA and The Architectural Archives digitized more than 800 items from collections that highlight the design development of The Sea Ranch, a breakthrough example of an environmentally sensitive design that continues to grow in influence and relevance to designers and the public at large.

The 12-month project, Living Lightly on the Land: A Virtual Sea Ranch Design Collection, resulted in an interactive virtual collection, entitled Journey To The Sea Ranch documenting the unique and prescient design development of The Sea Ranch through digitized material including: drawings, photographs, essential documents, and ephemera, from the holdings of the EDA collections of Joseph Esherick (EHDD), Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, and Whitaker (MLTW), Marquis & Stoller, Dmitri Vedensky, and Barbara Stauffacher Solomon; and drawings, notebooks, moving images, photographs, and project files from the Lawrence Halprin Collection at The Architectural Archives. 

Visit the virtual collection site at and learn more about the project on EDA’s news blog. Firefox is the preferred web browser for visiting the site.