A Modern Arcadia: Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. & the Plan for Forest Hills Gardens

Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and the Plan for Forest Hills Gardens
University of Massachusetts Press
  • erschienen am 31. März 2004
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 207 Seiten
978-1-55849-443-5 (ISBN)
Located in Queens, fifteen minutes from Manhattan's Pennsylvania Station, Forest Hills Gardens is a leading example of England's garden city transplanted onto American soil. The commuter suburb drew national attention when plans for its development were announced by the Russell Sage Foundation in 1909, and the thriving community continues to provide a parklike haven for more than 6,000 residents. Susan L. Klaus offers a richly illustrated account of the collaboration between architect Grosvenor Atterbury and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., who drew on his father's visionary concepts as well his own ideas about what makes a community work. As Americans continue to struggle with the dual challenge of containing sprawl and creating livable communities, A Modern Arcadia provides a timely analysis of one of the most successful places ever built in the United States.
  • Englisch
  • Massachusetts
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  • USA
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
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  • Für höhere Schule und Studium
100 illustrations
  • Höhe: 253 mm
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  • Breite: 178 mm
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  • Dicke: 15 mm
  • 599 gr
978-1-55849-443-5 (9781558494435)
155849443X (155849443X)
Susan L. Klaus is an independent scholar with particular interest in urban and landscape history.
"Klaus has produced an exemplary short architectural monograph: succinct, eloquent, contextual, and copiously illustrated." - Choice; "One of the finest planned communities ever, Forest Hills Gardens finally receives the attention it deserves." - Robert A. M. Stern, dean, Yale School of Architecture; "Klaus, an independent scholar, has a strong feel for the period architecture and especially landscaping." - New York Times Book Review; "The scholarship in this work is exceptionally thorough.... a significant contribution to the fields of landscape and planning history." - Cynthia Zaitzevsky, author of Frederick Law Olmsted and the Boston Park System; "Great book. It is the best of its genre. It showed me how little I actually knew about Forest Hills, even after having visited several times to admire the great urban detalling." - Andres M. Duany, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company; "Illuminates the fascinating intersection of social and aesthetic reform movements in the Progressive Era, as well as the early career of a prolific and influential planner and landscape architect." - David Glassberg, author of Sense of History: The Place of the Past in American Life; "A Modern Arcadia presents an excellent documentation of landscape history and recognizes the integration of planning, landscape architecture and architecture. The book demonstrates that the fundamental ideas for successful suburban design are found in revisiting history. It should encourage developers, planners and preservationists to look at these practices in a new way." - Jury, Historic Preservation Book Prize"

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