• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Laurie Olin oral history

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. 

In 29 bite-sized video segments, Olin shares his personal story and extraordinary career, his design influences and theory, and reflects on his projects across the country and here in Philly.

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.

Want more:

  • Full transcript of Charles Birnbaum's interviews with Laurie Olin [pdf]
  • To watch the rest of the videos, check out the project's YouTube playlist.

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Editor, Eyes on the Street

Ashley writes and edits Eyes on the Street. She has a special interest in preservation, neighborhoods, and all things public – from policy to art. Ashley holds masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation from PennDesign.

Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. She is proud to call 19147 home. 

Find Ashley on twitter @ashleyjhahn.


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