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Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing the American Landscape

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A man of passionate vision and drive, Frederick Law Olmsted defined and named the profession of landscape architecture and designed America's most beloved parks and landscapes of the past century - New York's Central Park, Brooklyn's Prospect Park, the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Biltmore Estate, and many others. During a remarkable forty-year career that began in the mid-18 ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Universe Publishing(NY) (first published August 15th 1995)
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Michael
Beveridge's book is much less comprehensive when it comes to Olmsted's life, but much more illustrative when it comes to his work than Rybczynski's book. It's worth a look just for the wonderful photographs of some private work Olmsted did around the country.

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The strength of the book is in the synopses of Olmsted's various projects and their theoretical bases. The reading of Olmsted's life and work is immeasurably enhanced by the wonderful photographs in the book. The great irony is Olmsted
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Jan 12, 2016 Jingyan rated it it was amazing
Olmsted has a true respect for "the genius of the places". His vision is so original and yet so advanced. Apart from his many great design works, I think he also played a key role in preserving American landscapes, especially the concept of least intrusion in the national parks. The book did a good job to introduce his life, vision and work.
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