Essays on Landscape

Essays on Landscape

by Laurie Olin
Essays on Landscape

Essays on Landscape

by Laurie Olin


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One of the most renowned landscape architects in practice today, Laurie Olin has created designs for the grounds of the Washington Monument, the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, and Bryant Park in New York City. His recent projects include the award-winning landscape for the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Apple Park in Cupertino, and Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland, Oregon. All these and many more iconic works were realized under the auspices of OLIN, the landscape architectural firm he cofounded in 1976. Olin is also a prolific writer, and in this volume a selection of his published work has been assembled for the first time. The collection comprises articles, lectures, and essays spanning a wide array of subjects—from horticulture and education to urban history. Olin's musings on his own creative development, the evolving state of the profession of landscape architecture, and many other topics will interest a wide range of readers. As a young man, Olin studied civil engineering at the University of Alaska and earned a degree in architecture from the University of Washington, where Richard Haag stimulated his interest in landscape and the poet Theodore Roethke encouraged his literary skills. Through a long and distinguished career, he has enlivened the field with his humanistic perspective and his multivalent approach to urban design. The author of several books, including, most recently, France Sketchbooks: The Travel Sketchbooks of Artists and Designers (2020) and Be Seated (2018), Olin is among the profession's most influential voices. A Fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Society of Landscape Architects, he is a recipient of the 1998 Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects Medal. In 2012 Olin received the National Medal of Arts—the highest lifetime achievement award given to an artist by the president.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781952620300
Publisher: Library Of American Landscape History
Publication date: 12/10/2021
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.52(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.28(d)

About the Author

LAURIE OLIN, FASLA, HON. AIA, is founding partner of OLIN and Practice Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of many books and essays on a range of topics related to the American landscape and the recipient of the Bradford Williams Medal from the ASLA in honor of his literary achievements.

Table of Contents

Preface by Robin Karson v Introduction 3Form, Meaning, and Expression in Landscape Architecture 000Regionalism and the Practice of Hanna/Olin, Ltd. 000William Kent, the Vigna Madama, and Landscape Parks 000The Museum of Modern Art Garden: The Rise and Fall of a Modernist Landscape 000What I Do When I Can Do It: Representation in Recent Work 000More Than Wriggling Your Wrist (or Your Mouse): Thinking, Seeing, and Drawing 000The Less Said. . . 000What Did I Mean Then or Now? Reflections on “Form, Meaning and Expression in Landscape Architecture” 000Civic Realism and Landscape 000Global, Regional, Local 000Water, Urban Nature, and the Art of Landscape Design 000Trees and the Getty 000The Problem of Nature and Aesthetics in Planting Design 000 Notes 000Index 000
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