Eden by Design The 1930 Olmsted-Bartholomew Regional Plan for Los Angeles Region

ISBN-10: 0520224159
ISBN-13: 9780520224155
Edition: 2000
List price: $34.95
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Description: In 1930 the Olmsted Brothers and Harland Bartholomew & Associates submitted a report, "Parks, Playgrounds, and Beaches for the Los Angeles Region," to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. After a day or two of coverage in the newspapers, the report  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/7/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 323
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

In 1930 the Olmsted Brothers and Harland Bartholomew & Associates submitted a report, "Parks, Playgrounds, and Beaches for the Los Angeles Region," to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. After a day or two of coverage in the newspapers, the report dropped from sight. The plan set out a system of parks and parkways, children's playgrounds, and public beaches. It is a model of ambitious, intelligent, sensitive planningcommissioned at a time when land was available, if only the city planners had had the fortitude and vision to act on its recommendations. "Parks, Playgrounds, and Beaches" has become a highly valued but difficult-to-find document. In this book, Greg Hise and William Deverell examine the reasons it was called for, analyze why it failed, and open a discussion about the future of urban public space. In addition to their introduction and a facsimile reproduction of the report,Eden by Designincludes a dialogue between Hise, Deverell, and widely admired landscape architect Laurie Olin that illuminates the significance of the Olmsted-Bartholomew report and situates it in the history of American landscape planning.

Lawrence Halprin was an American landscape architect, designer, and teacher. Laurie Olin is Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and Principal of the Olin Partnership, a landscape architecture firm in Philadelphia. He is coauthor of Vizcaya: An American Villa and Its Makers, both available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Preface to a Master Plan
Private Power, Public Space
Parks, Playgrounds and Beaches for the Los Angeles Region
A Report submitted to the Citizens' Committee on Parks, Playgrounds, and Beaches
The Power of Diction
An Interview with Laurie Olin
Index

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