Washington, D.C. Symposium to Explore Lasting Legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

Washington, D.C. Symposium to Explore Lasting Legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

As a member of the National Association for Olmsted Parks, FMOPL is pleased to share information about this upcoming symposium in Washington, D.C. on October 10-11, 2013.

For more than half a century, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (1870–1957) was one of America’s preeminent landscape architects who pioneered comprehensive planning and played a critical role in forming the nation’s county, state, and national parks. With a legacy that is frequently overshadowed by his influential father, Frederick Law Olmsted, the National Association for Olmsted Parks (NAOP) and its partners are proud to present a two-­part symposium to focus on the contributions and legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and raise the visibility of his contemporary relevance. This symposium is of particular interest to FMOPL, as Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. was instrumental in urban planning in Baltimore City in the early-to-mid 20th century, was responsible for the development of the city’s park system and also designed several significant communities.

The trends and issues that are driving debate across the industry today (i.e., urban growth, provision of public space, transportation, protection of land, water and scenic resources, and comprehensive regional planning) were also important issues that Olmsted Jr. addressed through his work with and leadership of the planning and design professions he helped found and nurture. The symposia will bring together thought leaders, historians, public agency representatives and professionals in city, regional and environmental planning, landscape architecture and design. Participants will explore how Olmsted Jr.’s designs, writings, organizational leadership, and visionary and politically shrewd collaborations offer insights and models for solving complex contemporary issues.

Registration is now open for Part I, to be held in Washington, D.C. Oct. 10-­11, 2013; visit http://www.olmsted.org /symposia for more information. We hope that you will join NAOP and members of FMOPL at this symposium.

Part II, A Vision for the American West, will take place  in March 2014 at Stanford University.

National Mall (Credit: Commission of Fine Arts)

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