The Cultural Landscape Foundation has been working up a series of oral histories for a project they call the Pioneers of American Landscape Design. The 10th and latest one is about Laurie Olin, one of the most important landscape architects of our time and one who just so happens to call Philly home.
Each video offers something insightful and delightful, so we couldn't resist sharing a few. Here are three segments in which Olin discusses local projects: Hatching a 25-year plan for Penn's College Green with colleagues from PennDesign's Department of Landscape Architecture (where Olin has taught since the 1970s); developing a new design language for Independence National Historical Park mall; and creating the landscape for the Barnes Foundation's new home on the Parkway.
Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.