By Laurie Olin
"Twenty-eight years in the past I went to England for a three-month stopover at and leisure. What i discovered replaced my life."
So starts this memoir through one in every of America's best-known panorama architects, Laurie Olin. Raised in a frontier city in Alaska, knowledgeable in Seattle and manhattan, Olin came across himself disillusioned along with his activity as an city architect and accredited a call for participation to England to take a respite from paintings. What he chanced on, in abundance, was once the serendipity of a human surroundings outfitted through the years to answer the land's personal personality and to the folks who lived and labored there. For Olin, the English geographical region was once a palimpsest of the main eloquent and relocating kind, but whose manifestation was once of normal constructions intended to preserve their population and extra their work.
With evocative language and delightful line drawings, the writer takes us again to his advent to the scenes of English state cities, their historic universities, meandering waterways, and dramatic cloudscapes racing in from the Atlantic. He limns the geologic histories discovered in the rock, the near-forgotten histories of place-names, and the new histories of educate strains and automobile routes. evaluating the expansion of establishing within the English geographical region, Olin attracts a few sobering conclusions approximately our sleek way of life and its expanding separation from the landscape.
As a lot a plea for saving the trendy American panorama because it is a passionate exploration of what makes the English panorama so typically English, Across the Open Field is "an affectionate ramble via genuine locations of lasting worth."
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Across the Open Field: Essays Drawn from English Landscapes (Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture) by Laurie Olin