16 Apr '12, 10am

The new revolutionaries: Landscape architects reinvent urban parks

The new revolutionaries: Landscape architects reinvent urban parks

Frederick Law Olmsted hisself -- still the only household name in landscape architecture. Name one landscape architect. Any one will do. No, I’m not talking about the guy who does your landscaping — I’m looking for genuine, bona fide landscape architects , the ones who analyze, plan, design, manage, and nurture natural and built environments . What was that? “Frederick Law Olmsted?” You mean the grandfather of landscape architecture, the man who built Central Park? Good. Now name a landscape architect who hasn’t been dead for more than a hundred years. Hello? Can you tell me who designed the High Line, the most famous urban park in the country right now? You can’t. That’s what I thought. Well, for future reference, it’s this guy , James Corner — but that, right there, is my point: The present generation of landscape architects is doing truly groundbreaking work, building p...

Full article: http://grist.org/cities/the-new-revolutionaries-landscape...

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