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Topics in Cultural Landscapes: The Art of Frederick Law Olmsted
ARHA 374
Spring 2012 not offered
Crosslisting: AMST 374, ENVS 374

Considered the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted exerted a profound influence on landscape design and management that continues to the present. In this course we shall study Olmsted's major public projects (Central Park, Prospect Park, Boston's "Emerald Necklace," the Columbian Exposition grounds) to explore how Olmsted and his contemporaries conceived of the urban public and how they endeavored to manage that public by eliciting orderly behavior through aesthetic engagement within a designed environment. We shall also study Olmsted's legacy in the work and writings of such artists and designers as Robert Smithson and James Corner.

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation, Writing
In this course students will be expected to engage in the critical analysis of designed landscapes as informed by literary and philosophical texts and practical treatises, in particular as regards approaches to patronage, management, and reception.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ART
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)

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