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KunstlerCast #25: Frederick Law Olmsted and the American Park

Imitating nature at the expense of small formalized urban parks

Released: July 31, 2008

Frederick Law Olmsted is most noted for designing Central Park in Manhattan. His method of landscape design now serves as the main model for how we design parks in America. But James Howard Kunstler believes that our ongoing attempts to replicate the Olmsted park have created many urban parks with serious shortcomings. Kunstler also warns listeners not to ask for “green space” in their towns because “green space” is an abstraction. Instead he urges people to learn the vocabulary of landscape architecture to be able to ask for specific park features. Released: Sept. 31, 2008.

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Congress Park in Saratoga Springs N.Y., designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.

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About James Howard Kunstler

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency and the four-book series of World Made By Hand novels, set in a post economic crash American future. His most recent book is Living in the Long Emergency; Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists, and the Early Adapters Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward. Jim lives on a homestead in Washington County, New. York, where he tends his garden and communes with his chickens.

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