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  1. Community by design : the Olmsted firm and the development of Brookline, Massachusetts

    Morgan, Keith N.
    Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press ; Amherst : in association with Library of American Landscape History, [2013]

    In 1883, Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. moved from New York City to Brookline, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb that annointed itself the "richest town in the world." For the next half century, until his son Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. relocated to California in 1936, the Olmsted firm received over 150 local commissions, serving as the dominant force in the planned development of this community. From Fairsted, the Olmsteds' Brookline home and office, the firm collaborated with an impressive galaxy of suburban neighbours who were among the regional and national leaders in the fields of architecture and horticulture, among them Henry Hobson Richardson and Charles Sprague Sargent. Through plans for boulevards and parkways, residential subdivisions, institutional commissions, and private gardens, the Olmsted firm carefully guided the development of the town, as they designed cities and suburbs across America. While Olmsted Sr. used landscape architecture as his vehicle for development, his son and namesake saw Brookline as grounds for experiment in the new profession of city and regional planning, a field that he was helping to define and lead. Little has been published on the importance of Brookline as a laboratory and model for the Olmsted firm's work. This beautifully illustrated book provides important new perspective on the history of planning in the United States and illuminates an aspect of the Olmsted office that has not been well understood.

  2. Shaping an American landscape : the art and architecture of Charles A. Platt

    Morgan, Keith N.
    Hanover, N.H. : Hood Museum of Art : University Press of New England, 1995.

  3. Boston architecture, 1975-1990

    Miller, Naomi, 1928-
    Munich : Prestel ; New York : Distributed in the USA and Canada by te Neues Pub. Co., ©1990.

    Boston's skyline was radically transformed between 1975 and 1990. Presenting illustrations and critical descriptions, this book serves as an introduction to these buildings and developments, in the larger context of the city's history. The principle focus is on areas of densest construction - downtown, Back Bay, the waterfront - although attention is given to concomitant growth in Cambridge, Charlestown, and the South End. New buildings are considered within existing street patterns and topographical configurations. Included here are such projects as the depression of the Central Artery, the addition of the airport tunnel, the extension of the subway system, and schemes to enhance the public realm - the Southwest Corridor park, the reopening of the South and Back Bay railroad stations, and the park in the heart of Post Office Square. Together with new architecture, the evidence speaks for the continued dominance of urban concerns - hence, the stress on town improvements. Furthermore, the persistence of the past is manifest in the role of preservation and adaptive use, promoted by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Landmarks Commissions, sparked by civil debate. Maps, site plans, photographs, aerial views and reproductions of drawings and models accompany a text wherein the authors provide an overview of the city and explore more than 100 buildings with sufficient documentation to stimulate the ongoing dialogue concerning the future of Boston - a livable city, which celebrates the human scale.

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