The Sea Ranch, California (1960’s): An oceanfront, largely vacation community located some 100 miles north of San Francisco, Sea Ranch is known both for its master plan, which sought to mitigate the impact of buildings in the landscape, and its architecture, which draws from vernacular agrarian building forms and materials. The master plan was devised by the landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. The most notable buildings were by the prominent Bay Area architects Joseph Esherick and MLTW (Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, and Whittaker).
The purpose of studying this precedent was to spur the students’ thinking about designing in a sensitive landscape.
Klimeck, Kaleena and Westover, Foster, "The Sea Ranch: Planning Precedent" (2019). Precedents. 3.