Cool Outside – California’s Mid-Century Landscape

Join us for this virtual event with JC Miller in conversation with Professor Reuben Rainey, and learn more about the quintessentially cool era of landscape design that flourished right in our own back yards.

Postwar design covered the entire spectrum of creative endeavor – including landscape architecture and garden design. With Cool Outside we step outside the sliding glass doors of the modern house and explore dynamic gardens, parks, commercial spaces and public places that enlivened life in the mid twentieth-century. California played a special role in this modern garden renaissance. The years following World War II saw extraordinary population and economic growth in the Golden State. It was an exciting and experimental time when new materials and ideas guided the built environment.

This presentation, and the exhibit that follows at Marin Art and Garden Center, draws from the rich collection of the College of Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley and on research done for the speakers’ recently published Robert Royston: Landscape Architect, available now in The Shop.




Mar 04 2021


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


  • JC Miller
    JC Miller

    JC Miller is a licensed landscape architect, a writer, and an educator. He is a partner at Vallier Design Associates, a landscape architecture and planning practice located in the San Francisco Bay area. He is the former Director for the Landscape Architecture Certificate Program at UC Berkeley Extension where he developed a curriculum and program for Historic and Cultural Landscape Preservation and Management. Mr. Miller continues to work academically; he developed and teaches an on-line course in landscape design history for UCLA Extension.

    Mr. Miller is a co-author of Modern Public Gardens: Robert Royston and the Suburban Park and Robert Royston: Landscape Architect, both examine the innovative postwar design work of Robert Royston. He has contributed essays on postwar California design to Eden, the journal of the California Garden and Landscape History Society and to published collections including; Edith Heath: Philosophies and William Krisel’s Palm Springs: The Language of Modernism .

  • Reuben Rainey
    Reuben Rainey

    Reuben M.Rainey is William Stone Weedon Professor Emeritus in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia.His research and publications cover a broad range of topics including 19th and 20th century park design,historic preservation,Italian Renaissance Villas, the design of healthcare facilities and the work of major 20th century American landscape architects.His most recent book ,co-authored with JC Miller ,is “Robert Royston”.

Cool Outside


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