The Cultural Panorama Basis (TCLF) right this moment launched the twentieth entry in its What’s Out There digital panorama information sequence—and it’s a very particular version match for a milestone Olmstedian birthday.
Deviating from the city- and region-based format of earlier What’s Out There guides (final 12 months’s D.C. Modernism was the primary information within the sequence to deal with a particular panorama fashion), this 12 months’s thematic entry to the sequence zigzags throughout North America from Milwaukee to Montreal, Boston to Baltimore, Seattle to Staten Island, and a whole bunch of factors in between in celebration of the 2 hundredth centennial of American panorama architect, journalist, and conservationist Frederick Regulation Olmsted, Sr.
In complete, greater than 300 landscapes—parks and parkways, educational campuses, cemeteries, gardens, subdivisions, non-public estates, and extra—designed by Olmsted, Sr. and his successor companies are included, pulling from What’s Out There’s exhaustive database of landscapes. Searchable by designation, panorama kind, and magnificence or by geographic location by way of map, every database entry features a transient but complete description, media gallery, and different pertinent particulars that assist to color an entire image of every respective website, whether or not they’re being explored in-person or from afar.
Additionally included within the information is a richly illustrated introductory essay to the “Olmsted Panorama Legacy” and practically 100 biographical entries for Olmsted members of the family together with collaborators, agency staff, and different Olmsted-associated practitioners together with, after all, Calvert Vaux, the London-born architect and panorama designer who partnered with Olmsted, Sr. on quite a few main park and park system tasks in New York Metropolis (Central Park, Prospect Park, Fort Greene Park, and Morningside Park) and additional afield together with in Buffalo, Chicago, and the Hudson Valley metropolis of Newburgh. Different key (but much less extensively recognized) Olmsted-related figures profiled embrace Warren Manning, Arthur Shurcliff, William Lyman Phillips, and Stella Obst.
Optimized for smartphone use, What’s Out There Olmsted additionally options the GPS-enabled What’s Close by function that pinpoints websites inside a sure distance and supplies mileage/strolling time from a consumer’s present location.
“The impression of Frederick Regulation Olmsted, Sr., on the nation’s identification and the occupation of panorama structure is inestimable,” mentioned TCLF President and CEO Charles A. Birnbaum. “What’s Out There Olmsted supplies quick access to a broad vary of landscapes designed by Olmsted, Sr. and his successor companies and alternatives to find the individuals related to them.”
What’s Out There Olmsted was made doable by lead sponsor the Nationwide Endowment for the Arts and academic companions Olmsted 200 and the American Society of Panorama Architects. A 344-page print information to 200 Olmsted websites, Experiencing Olmsted – The Enduring Legacy of Frederick Regulation Olmsted’s North American Landscapes, can be revealed this fall by Timber Press. Birnbaum served because the information’s co-author alongside Arleyn A. Levee and Dena Tasse-Winter.
As we speak’s launch of What’s Out There Olmsted is only one of many excursions, conferences, fêtes, launches, lectures, and affiliated goings-on tied to Olmsted 200, which is managed by Washington, D.C.–based mostly nonprofit the Nationwide Affiliation for Olmsted Parks. Though right this moment is the large day, Olmsted 200-related celebrations are being held all year long—click on right here to seek out an occasion close to you. AN may even additional cowl the centennial within the coming weeks and months with additional tales on the formidable Olmsted legacy, together with a have a look at under-threat landscapes later this 12 months.