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Viewing Olmsted: Photographs by Robert Burley, Lee Friedlander, and Geoffrey James Paperback – February 15, 1997

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Phyllis Lambert is founder and director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
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  • Paperback: 119 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; y First edition edition (February 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262621169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262621168
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,185,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ultimately, Viewing Olmsted is a savvy and thought-provoking, yet diminutive picture book. The collaboration of three brilliant photographers under the sponsorship of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, it guides the reader down three highly personal, present day tours of legendary parks designed by Olmsted, the patron saint of American landscape architecture. Happily, though, its readers are left to intellectually fend for themselves as to meanings or implications of Frederick Olmsted's work, genius, and lasting influence as the man who designed such famous spaces as Central Park. Academics and artists will appreciate the fresh visual perspectives offered on the man's legacy, the sometimes soothing, sometimes haunting nature-by-design retreats for the urban soul. Those with more than a passing interest in the ways in which man interacts with his `natural' surroundings will appreciate vistas evocative of place rather than time. To the authors' credit, the book raises more questions than it answers, and is of a scale to fit neatly into a travel case. Far from definitive, the book is, nevertheless, a must have for architects, landscape architects, photographers, and Olmsted aficionados.
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