(Community Matters) Steven returned from the west coast, and we dashed off to mingle with friends at the Charles Moore Foundation’s annual chuckwagon fundraiser.
The Moore/Anderson compound was Charles’ last residence and work space, embodying his belief that “good places matter.” The Foundation is dedicated to the advancement and appreciation of physical space – architecture, landscape, enviornment, cities, streets, homes and neighborhoods – and preserves the structures, landscape and Charles’ collection of folk art in the compound while assisting in the preservation of his architectural library and archives at the University of Texas.
Moore earned degrees in architecture from Michigan (BA) and Princeton (Masters & PhD). His thesis explored the preservation and integration of Monterey, CA’s adobe architecture while his dissertation surveyed “the presence of water in shaping the experience of place, ‘Water and Architecture.’” Moore taught at UC Berkely, became Dean of Architecture at Yale and taught at the University of Texas. Upon his death, the New York Times called Charles “one of the most influential and prolific practitioners of post-modern design.” A few years ago, Tana & I were lucky enough to stay in his west coast Sea Ranch condominium hosted by Kevin and Moore’s life long friend & collaborator, Donlyn Lyndon.