I attended the Olana Symposium on April 16th. David Schuyler (Professor of Humanities and American Studies, Marshall College) introduced the speakers; Linda Ferber (Vice President and Senior Art Historian, New York Historical Society), Harvey Flad (Professor Emeritus of Geography, Vassar College), and Laurie Olin (Landscape Architect, Olin Partnership). The discussion was filled with wonderful images and analysis of paintings from the Hudson River School, thoughtful interpretation of struggles to preserve scenic views along the Hudson River and the presentation of award-winning contemporary landscape architectural projects spanning the globe which illustrated both aggressive and gentle modifications to their existing conditions. I came home rejuvenated by the experience. Laurie Olin is exactly right- everything a landscape architect does revolves around views- preserving them, creating them, choreographing them.
Inspiration comes from the world around us; color, texture, pattern- all components of the ever changing landscape. The camera captures these moments for further reflection. This blog will feature monthly musings centered on the landscape.