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Frederick Law Olmsted was among the first to regard landscape architecture as a profession and a fine art - in fact, with Calvert Vaux he virtually created that profession. To Olmsted, a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life. Olmsted's efforts to preserve nature created an "environmental ethic" decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics.
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5.0

Eye opening film

By Raven

from Oregon

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Comments about PBS Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America DVD:

This is a stunningly beautiful film. A well crafted, nicely written film that tells the story of an amazing, and amazingly complex man. A man who not only left his mark across the American landscape, but who also played a unique role in social and cultural history of America during the second half of the 19th Century. The Olmsted Bros architecture firm, carrying on for decades after the death of Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., continued to leave a huge imprint across American cities, suburbs, educational and health institutions, and regional, state and national parks. What a legacy and in its 60 minutes, this film captures it all.

 
5.0

A Must

By Avocet7

from Rochester, NY

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Comments about PBS Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America DVD:

Anyone who's enjoyed an urban park, from NY City's Central Park to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, would be more appreciative of the great foresight it took to create these gifts once delighted by "... Designing America".

 
5.0

no surprise

By steven g

from chappaqua, ny

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Comments about PBS Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America DVD:

pbs bio: great subject, excellent treatment

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4.0

Educational, enlightening

By Sancy

from CT

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Comments about PBS Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America DVD:

Enjoyed the presentation on PBS, gave DVD as gift to a brand new citizen originally from Bhutan, who happens to be a very good landscaper/gardener. Thought it would be a nice way for him to learn more about his new country in a manner connected to his work. No word from him yet. It was very good in an historical context, said a lot about the trials of getting huge projects done, anywhere, getting the "ordinary" person to see ones vision. how much Olmsted actually accomplished that long ago. A tremendous amount; who said one person can't make a difference! Had hoped for more panoramic greenscapes, probably because my giftee is a garden person, but all in all it was educational, good story about a very talented man.

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Typical American insularity

By Pat

from Toronto, Canada

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Comments about PBS Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America DVD:

While Mr. Olmsted was obviously a very gifted landscape architect, I take great issue with the claim that he was "among the first to regard landscape architecture as a profession and a fine art . . . he virtually created that profession."

Capability Brown lived a century earlier in the U.K. and transformed the British landscape through designs every bit as remarkable as Olmsted's. Brown was responsible for the creation of about 170 vast parks, many of which endure today. Even Brown was building on the practices of predecessors such as Charles Bridgeman and William Kent.

Furthermore, there are enormous planned gardens in other parts of Europe and in Asia that are much older and equally as impressive as anything either Brown or Olmsted created.

The world as we know it did not begin with the U.S. Revolution!

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