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By Laurie Olin

ISBN-10: 0812235312

ISBN-13: 9780812235319

"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 all America's best-known panorama architects, Laurie Olin. Raised in a frontier city in Alaska, proficient in Seattle and long island, Olin came upon himself disappointed along with his task as an city architect and authorized a call for participation to England to take a respite from paintings. What he came upon, in abundance, used to be the serendipity of a human setting outfitted through the years to answer the land's personal personality and to the folks who lived and labored there. For Olin, the English nation-state was once a palimpsest of the main eloquent and relocating variety, 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 creation to the scenes of English kingdom cities, their historical universities, meandering waterways, and dramatic cloudscapes racing in from the Atlantic. He limns the geologic histories chanced on in the rock, the near-forgotten histories of place-names, and the new histories of educate traces and automobile routes. evaluating the expansion of establishing within the English geographical region, Olin attracts a few sobering conclusions approximately our smooth way of life and its expanding separation from the landscape.

As a lot a plea for saving the fashionable American panorama because it is a passionate exploration of what makes the English panorama so normally English, Across the Open Field is "an affectionate ramble via actual areas of lasting worth."

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Generally agreeing, they showered me with more to read and go see. I had come to love the gardens of the Restoration and Georgian England, but I didn't think their value lay in their innovation (which I had come to doubt) but rather in their content and how well done they were, how marvelously designers from Isaac de Caus and John Evelyn to Kent and Brown had adapted and reused material ofltalian parks and vigne to their own purposes. I resolved that the lesson wasn't so much that one need be original as good, that the reuse of preexisting material in fresh ways was the common denominator of one after another of the people I wished to emulate- from Palladia and Inigo Jones to Richard Woods and Harold Peto.

The English countryside was an excellent place to sit and reflect upon the situation of cities. The age-old pull between the poles of city and country was as strong as ever. As soon as I was ensconced in this peaceful farming scene and had caught up on my sleep, I began to notice and truly miss the remarkable, great, and wonderful- even beautiful- things about cities. Simultaneously, I was delighted to be rid of the irritating, loathsome, and sometimes deadening or frightening aspects of modern urban life.

It is probably safe to say that one of the warden's main tasks, and certainly the most thankless and hopeless one, was to try to minimize crop losses due to rooks, with whom he waged a constant war, shooting and trapping them endlessly. __ ON BUCKLAND AND DRAWING Time and timelessness, shifting scales: above, mature oak standards, the only remains of a former hedgerow, itself representative of the economic and national defense policies of John Evelyn's day, standing upon the skyline of a cornfield on the chalk down; below, crowds of hoverflies grazing systematically across the tops of the forests of Queen Anne's lace in the headlands of the fields.

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