Olmsted200, the bicentennial celebration
Often referred to as the “Father of Landscape Architecture,” Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) —alongside Calvert Vaux (1824-1895)— designed Central Park in the 1850s to be a democratic greenspace in a growing metropolis. That “sense of enlarged freedom” he weaved into his plans can still be felt today through the Park’s rolling lawns, peaceful water bodies, and lush woodlands that offer the weary New Yorker an opportunity to recharge.
Frederick Law Olmsted’s bold idea to create democratic access to shared greenspaces launched a movement for public parks, and his profound influence on the landscapes we love can be seen and experienced around the globe. As we celebrate the bicentennial of this visionary’s birth, we also examine the simultaneous challenge of designing, building, and maintaining truly democratic spaces in a world still plagued by inequities...
The New York Times: The Reporter Who Designed Central Park
Dressing to the nines to celebrate Olmsted at 200!