News today of another death of someone who left a significant mark on Berkeley.

Landscape architect Lawrence Halprin was responsible for the original design of UC’s Sproul Plaza, as well as the grounds of Greenwood Common (above). Beyond Berkeley, Halprin was one of the creators of Sea Ranch in Sonoma, and designed San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square.

Writing in the Chronicle today, John King notes that “Halprin… shaped the look of Northern California as much as any single designer”.

Halprin died Sunday, aged 93.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...