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Call for Papers – Situating the Residential Projects of the Olmsted Firm - Symposium at Planting Fields, October 2022 - Oyster Bay, New York

Date: 6/1/2021 - 8/1/2021

Type: Call for Papers / Submissions

LA CES approved?: No

Location(s): New York


Planting Fields, a 409-acre extant Olmsted Brothers designed landscape, located in Oyster Bay, NY, is seeking presentation proposals from scholars and practitioners of landscape architecture for a a two-day symposium held October 20 and 21, 2022 that will examine the residential projects of the Olmsted landscape architecture firm, spanning 1857-1979.

With an emphasis on the Olmsted firm’s work on domestic spaces and private estates, we are calling for papers that consider the following themes:

  • Patronage, taste-making, and place-making for a private context
  • American landscapes and their evocation of European precedents
  • The English landscape tradition and its influences on private Olmsted firm-designed properties
  • Impact of the Olmsted firm on residential landscape design
  • Landscape design on Long Island
  • Intersection of domestic architecture and landscape design
  • Adaptations of private residential gardens into public sites
  • Historical positioning of the similarities and differences between Olmsted Sr. and Olmsted Brothers landscape designs and theories
  • Issues of sustainability in the preservation and restoration of historic designed landscapes
  • Theoretical methodologies and decision-making models for recapturing and sustaining historic landscapes

Please send a one-page abstract, CV and Bio to by August 1, 2021. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of external experts. Notifications will be made by December 1, 2021.





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