Downtown Mall designer dies
Landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, 93, died Sunday, October 25, at age 93. Along with Charlottesville's Downtown Mall in 1976, Halprin designed the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC, in 1997, Sea Ranch in Sonoma County, California, in 1967, and Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco in 1968. When Charlottesville rebricked the Mall in 2008, Halprin weighed in against changing the size of the bricks, and his advice ultimately was heeded. Halprin received the Thomas Jefferson Medal in architecture from UVA.