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With increased attention to sustainability and environmental concerns,
landscape architects now lead teams of urban planners and architects in
developing new outdoor space and reconfiguring existing designs. As the
preeminent landscape architecture firm in the United States, Olin is at the
forefront of this movement with completed projects across the country and in
Europe. The firm was awarded the gold medal of the American Society of
Landscape Architects, the profession's highest honor, in 2006.
Well-known for the restorations of Bryant Park behind the New York Public
Library and the landscape of the Washington Monument, Olin is also recognized
for the dramatic transformation of a derelict, brownfield site into the vibrant
Canary Wharf, now the financial center for all Europe, and for the landscape
design of the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles and Columbus Circle in New
York. The firm has also designed sculpture gardens for the National Gallery of
Art in Washington, D.C., and the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio.
In dialogues with noted colleagues and collaborators, each of the partners
articulates a personal vision and philosophy of landscape and design. Laurie
Olin, founding partner, speaks with the poet Michael Palmer, while Susan Weiler
reflects on her collaboration with artist Jenny Holzer. Other dialogue
participants are Kim Tripp, former director of the New York Botanical Garden;
Niall Kirkwood, chair of the landscape architecture department at Harvard; Sean
Timmons, founder of Simmons Design Engineering; and Charles Waldheim, a leading
proponent of landscape urbanism. Taken together, these conversations provide a
unique window into the creative process.