With her background as a landscape architect and educator, Bay Area filmmaker Zara Muren focuses on the enduring power of core environmental design ideas, and explores the work of professionals who use them in ways that inspire us.
On two successive Sundays, Muren will present her documentaries, followed by panel discussions with distinguished architects and landscape architects.
DREAM OF THE SEA RANCH SUNDAY JUNE 5 • 4:15
IN PERSON: ZARA MUREN
Zara Muren’s 1994 documentary studies the “guiding dream” of The Sea Ranch, the celebrated residential development in Sonoma County. Muren interviews key visionaries of the community design, including developer/architect Al Boeke, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin and architects Joseph Esherick and Charles Moore, and incorporates their models and drawings with scenes of their realized schemes. The film also explores how the reality has diverged from the dream in succeeding years, in the face of political and economic pressures. (US 1994) 60 min.
Following the screening, Muren will be joined by visionaries of The Sea Ranch Donlyn Lyndon, the Eva Li Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Urban Design at UC Berkeley and George Homsey, founding partner of Joseph Esherick & Assocs, and Laura Hartman, principal of Fernau + Hartman Architects who serves on The Sea Ranch Design Committee.
THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE OF ROBERTO BURLE MARX SUNDAY, JUNE 12 • 4:15 IN PERSON: ZARA MUREN
From Copacabana Promenade to Brasilia, Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994) is the father of landscape architecture in Brazil. Combining lyrical artistry with great knowledge of native plants and profound humanitarian purpose, he breathed new life into the urban environment, completing some 1,700 projects that made him beloved at home and recognized abroad. Filmmaker Zara Muren visited him in the 1980s, and her documentary features interviews with him and illuminates the poetry and meaning that he brings to diverse settings, concluding at his own home, garden and nursery. (US 1989) 60 min.
Following the screening, Muren will be joined by landscape architects Bonnie Fisher, principal of ROMA Design Group, and Gary Strang principal of GLS Landscape/Architecture.