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PBS documentary Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

Frederick Law Olmsted, known as the father of American landscape architecture, was among the first to regard landscape architecture as a profession and a fine art. To Olmsted, a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life. His efforts to preserve nature created an “environmental ethic” decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics.

Among his accomplishments are: co-designer of Central Park, head of the first Yosemite commission, leader of the campaign to protect Niagara Falls, designer of the U.S. Capitol Grounds, site planner for the Great White City of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, planner of Boston’s “Emerald Necklace” of green space, and of park systems in many other cities. Olmsted’s pioneering design of the public parks and parkway systems in Buffalo, New York is the oldest coordinated system in America and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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