The Cultural Landscape Foundation continues its "What's Out There" series this weekend with tours and events centered around Ralph Cornell, long considered the dean of Southern California landscape architecture. (Some even call him "The Olmsted of Los Angeles.") The event coincides with the opening today of the exhibition, Ralph D. Cornell: Dean of Southern California Landscape Architecture, at the UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library. Cornell’s portfolio spans pretty much every style and typology there is, including Picturesque, Beaux Arts, and Modernist styles, city parks, subdivisions, luxury hotels, college campus master plans, and civic landscapes. Some of his most famous commissions include the master plan for UCLA, the plan for Pomona College, Beverly Gardens Park, Rancho Los Cerritos, and the landscapes for the Department of Water and Power building, the Music Center, and the Los Angeles Civic Center. The event features more than a dozen tours of Cornell's landscapes across Southern California.
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Why doesn't landscape architecture in Southern California get the same attention as architecture? That's one of the questions that will be answered at Friday's Landscapes for Living conference at SCI-Arc. The event, organized by the Cultural Landscape Foundation, will focus on Post War Landscape designs in the region, which have largely stayed under the radar. For instance, who has heard of Ralph Cornell, who designed legendary landscapes like the Torrey Pines preserve near San Diego, Beverly Gardens in Beverly Hills and the Civic Center Mall and Music Center plaza in Downtown LA ? Other subjects will include Ruth Shelhorn, the only female architect to work on the original plans for Disneyland, and designer of the park's entrance and Main Street; Bridges and Troller, who designed Century City; Lawrence Halprin, better known for his parks in the Pacific Northwest but also active in California; and of course the legendary (but under appreciated) Garret Eckbo.