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Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.: Inspirations for the 21st Century

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Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.
Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.
Image courtesy Frederick Law Olmsted
National Historic Site, NPS

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For more than half a century, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (1870-1957) was one of America’s preeminent landscape architects, pioneered comprehensive planning, and played a critical role in forming the nation’s county, state, and national parks.  He wrote the key language that established the National Park Service and for 30 years advised the Park Service on the management and conservation of water and scenic resources.  A member of the McMillan Commission, Olmsted helped develop the McMillan Plan for Washington, D.C., and guided its execution. In 2013 and 2014, the National Association for Olmsted Parks, the National Building Museum, and our partners presented a multidisciplinary, two-part symposium exploring the landscape architecture, city, and regional planning work of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

The most comprehensive presentation to date of the full scope of Olmsted’s lasting legacy, these symposia explored the continued relevance of, and inspirations from, his visionary work and leadership as we sought to address contemporary challenges in landscape architecture, preservation, and planning. The symposium continued at Stanford University on March 27–28, 2014.

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The symposia are made possible thanks to the work of the National Association for Olmsted Parks (NAOP) and its partners, the National Building Museum, American Planning Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, East Bay Regional Park District, and Stanford University, with the generous support from the Stephen and Margaret Gill Family Foundation. FLO_NAOP_logo_final.jpg

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Time: 7:45 AM - 5:30 PM

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