Across the open field : essays drawn from English landscapes by Laurie Olin

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 by way of certainly one of America's best-known panorama architects, Laurie Olin. Raised in a frontier city in Alaska, educated in Seattle and long island, Olin discovered himself disillusioned together with his activity as an city architect and authorised a call for participation to England to take a respite from paintings. What he chanced on, in abundance, used to be the serendipity of a human atmosphere outfitted through the years to reply to the land's personal personality and to the folk who lived and labored there. For Olin, the English geographical region used to be a palimpsest of the main eloquent and relocating type, but whose manifestation used to be of standard constructions intended to look after their population and extra their work.

With evocative language and beautiful line drawings, the writer takes us again to his advent to the scenes of English nation cities, their old 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 teach strains and vehicle routes. evaluating the expansion of creating within the English geographical region, Olin attracts a few sobering conclusions approximately our glossy 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 routinely English, Across the Open Field is "an affectionate ramble via genuine areas of lasting worth."

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He was in charge of the deer and their park, the pheasantry, the protection of crops from predators, and the general promotion of conservation and protection of birds, animals, and fishes; he was also the sole human deterrent to poachers. In the summer of 1970, when the historic house was still a private boys' school, there were forty-four fallow deer in the park herd. Since only thirty-five were allowed by the authorities - a sensible ruling based on the acreage of the park - nine would have to be caught and killed.

To its right is a gate from which a path leads across fields toward the Oxford Road and Pusey. Further to the right and behind a fence is a Methodist chapel and elementary school. In the foreground is the malt house of the brewery. ways are superior, but rarely have I come face to face with a place that so engaged my interest and curiosity. On my own, without tutor or guide, I had begun to study a landscape and vernacular architecture that predated the American colonies and has left a lasting mark on our society.

In the first project I attempted upon venturing to consult on landscape design, I made a hedgerow using some old sassafras and wild cherry trees as an armature, created a lake lined with clay that was fed by local runoff, and built a hill with earth dug from the lake, upon which were established a meadow and a "hat" of eighty beech trees. There was also a courtyard with an updated cloister garden of herbs, flowers, trees, and a basin, as well as a roof (hanging) garden of flowering shrubs. It was a case of exuberant emulation.

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