COURSE BEGINS FALL 2011
Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) is recognized as the founder of American landscape architecture and the nation's foremost park-maker, responsible for the Franklin Park in Boston, Delaware Park in Buffalo, Central Park in New York, as well as the design of the influential "White City" at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. In Brookline, Olmsted established the world's first full-scale professional office for the practice of landscape design. Students in this third year of the Witness Tree Project will be working with an historic Elm from the Olmsted site, using study of the wood and its environment to explore 19th century American urbanization, and reform. Topics will include industrialization and culture; urban development and planning; the rise of urban reform movements; class and politics in the American city; ideologies of recreation, leisure, and public space; and the professionalization of landscape design.