This is Real Life Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | March 11, 2015

    Mark Adams: IMG All Signs Point to Atlantis



    When I tell people I've spent the last three years working on a book about Atlantis, they usually have two questions. The first almost always goes... Continue »
    1. $19.57 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    spacer

This item may be
out of stock.

Click on the button below to search for this title in other formats.


Check for Availability
Add to Wishlist

Across the Open Field: Essays Drawn from English Landscapes (Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture)

Across the Open Field: Essays Drawn from English Landscapes (Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Beautifully written and illustrated with intelligent charm . . . a quiet classic."--

Synopsis:

Beautifully written and illustrated with intelligent charm . . . a quiet classic."--Beautifully written and illustrated with intelligent charm . . . a quiet classic."--

Synopsis:

Twenty-eight years ago I went to England for a three-month visit and rest. What I found changed my life.So begins this memoir by one of America's best-known landscape architects, Laurie Olin. Raised in a frontier town in Alaska, trained in Seattle and New York, Olin found himself dissatisfied with his job as an urban architect and accepted an invitation to England to take a respite from work. What he found, in abundance, was the serendipity of a human environment built over time to respond to the land's own character and to the people who lived and worked there. For Olin, the English countryside was a palimpsest of the most eloquent and moving sort, yet whose manifestation was of ordinary buildings meant to shelter their inhabitants and further their work.With evocative language and exquisite line drawings, the author takes us back to his introduction to the scenes of English country towns, their ancient universities, meandering waterways, and dramatic cloudscapes racing in from the Atlantic. He limns the geologic histories found within the rock, the near-forgotten histories of place-names, and the recent histories of train lines and auto routes. Comparing the growth of building in the English countryside, Olin draws some sobering conclusions about our modern lifestyle and its increasing separation from the landscape.As much a plea for saving the modern American landscape as it is a passionate exploration of what makes the English landscape so characteristically English, Across the Open Field is an affectionate ramble through real places of lasting worth.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812235319
Author:
Olin, Laurie
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Location:
Philadelphia, Pa. :
Subject:
Landscape
Subject:
Gardens
Subject:
England
Subject:
Landscape architecture
Subject:
Gardens, english
Subject:
History
Subject:
England Description and travel.
Subject:
Gardens, English -- History.
Subject:
Architecture-Landscape Architecture
Series:
Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture
Series Volume:
98/31
Publication Date:
19991131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
11.32x8.36x1.31 in. 2.67 lbs.

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Landscape Architecture
Children's » Action and Adventure » Adventure Stories
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » World History » General
Home and Garden » Gardening » Landscape and Design

Across the Open Field: Essays Drawn from English Landscapes (Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture)
0 stars - 0 reviews
$ In Stock
Product details 384 pages University of Pennsylvania Press - English 9780812235319 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Beautifully written and illustrated with intelligent charm . . . a quiet classic."--Beautifully written and illustrated with intelligent charm . . . a quiet classic."--
"Synopsis" by , Twenty-eight years ago I went to England for a three-month visit and rest. What I found changed my life.So begins this memoir by one of America's best-known landscape architects, Laurie Olin. Raised in a frontier town in Alaska, trained in Seattle and New York, Olin found himself dissatisfied with his job as an urban architect and accepted an invitation to England to take a respite from work. What he found, in abundance, was the serendipity of a human environment built over time to respond to the land's own character and to the people who lived and worked there. For Olin, the English countryside was a palimpsest of the most eloquent and moving sort, yet whose manifestation was of ordinary buildings meant to shelter their inhabitants and further their work.With evocative language and exquisite line drawings, the author takes us back to his introduction to the scenes of English country towns, their ancient universities, meandering waterways, and dramatic cloudscapes racing in from the Atlantic. He limns the geologic histories found within the rock, the near-forgotten histories of place-names, and the recent histories of train lines and auto routes. Comparing the growth of building in the English countryside, Olin draws some sobering conclusions about our modern lifestyle and its increasing separation from the landscape.As much a plea for saving the modern American landscape as it is a passionate exploration of what makes the English landscape so characteristically English, Across the Open Field is an affectionate ramble through real places of lasting worth.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.