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HTG Online: Frederick Law Olmstead
Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture, designed our first city parks, park systems, and model suburban communities. He promoted environmentalism and the subsequent creation of the national park system. Greatly influenced by his New England upbringing, Olmsted instilled in us a love of our American landscapes.

This talk begins with a brief overview of Olmsted's early life in New England and his numerous jobs before partnering with the architect Calvert Vaux to design Central Park. These various jobs were significant in that each of them taught him skills that served him well in his work as a landscape architect. The talk then turns to his significant contribution to New England's built environment, the Emerald Necklace, which displays his fundamental design principles and techniques. Boston's Park System reveals Olmsted's sensitivity to the growing city and the need to “green” it through parkland and parkways. Through a brief examination of these five parks we can understand how the majestic scenery of New England shaped and then directed Olmsted's work as a designer of great landscapes. Presented by Ann McEntee.

Jan 14, 2022 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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