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Eden Design: The 1930 Olmsted-Bartholomew Plan for the Los Angeles Region by Greg Hise

Eden

Design: The 1930 Olmsted-Bartholomew Plan for the Los Angeles Region by Greg Hise

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ISBN : 9780520224155
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323 pages
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In 1930 the Olmsted Brothers and Harland Bartholomew & Associates submitted a report, Parks, Playgrounds, and Beaches for the Los Angeles Region, to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. After a day or two of coverage in the newspapers, theMoreIn 1930 the Olmsted Brothers and Harland Bartholomew & Associates submitted a report, Parks, Playgrounds, and Beaches for the Los Angeles Region, to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. After a day or two of coverage in the newspapers, the report dropped from sight. The plan set out a system of parks and parkways, childrens playgrounds, and public beaches. It is a model of ambitious, intelligent, sensitive planning commissioned at a time when land was available, if only the city planners had had the fortitude and vision to act on its recommendations.Parks, Playgrounds, and Beaches has become a highly valued but difficult-to-find document. In this book, Greg Hise and William Deverell examine the reasons it was called for, analyze why it failed, and open a discussion about the future of urban public space. In addition to their introduction and a facsimile reproduction of the report, Eden by Design includes a dialogue between Hise, Deverell, and widely admired landscape architect Laurie Olin that illuminates the significance of the Olmsted-Bartholomew report and situates it in the history of American landscape planning.