Perspectives on Place

Series Commentator: Keith Morgan
Director of Architectural Studies, History of Art & Architecture Department, Boston University

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Dwelling in Landscape

Daniel Bluestone, Director, Preservation Studies Program, Boston University


bluestone-sm-110x135 Professor Bluestone explored the changing theories and practices that have guided designers in building residences within the broader landscape and in shaping landscapes surrounding residences. He framed the changing theories of prospect and aspect as they guided ideas about the appropriate relationship between residence and site in constituting a domestic landscape, focused primarily on the United States from the late 18th century to the early 21st century.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Dwelling in Landscape

C. Ian Stevenson, PhD Student, American and New England Studies Program, Boston University

Thank you to Wheelock College for their generosity in hosting our lectures.

Co-sponsors of 2014-2015 Lecture Series:
National Park Service, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
Boston Society of Landscape Architects
Boston University History of Art and Architecture Department
Brookline Green Space Alliance
Brookline Historical Society
Charles River Conservancy
Community Outreach Group, Inc.
Emerald Necklace Conservancy
The Fenway Alliance
Friends of Mount Auburn
Friends of the Muddy River
Friends of the Public Garden
High Street Hill Association
Historic New England
Library of American Landscape History
Massachusetts Historical Society
National Association for Olmsted Parks
New England Landscape Design & History Association
New England Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians
Tower Hill Botanical Garden
The Trustees of Reservations
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin

December 2018: Saving Central Park: A History and A Memoir
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

April 2018:
What Is a Park For? Olmsted, Obama, and the Meanings of Urban Landscape

Carlo Rotella
December 2017:
Beyond Drawings: The Olmsted Archives as Muse and Vision

Lucinda Brockway

March 2017:
Lewis Mumford’s Green Urbanism

Aaron Sachs
December 2016:
From the Granite Garden to West Philadelphia (with a nod to the Fens): Restoring Nature & Communities

Anne Whiston Spirn

April 2016:
Parks: Cornerstone of Civic Revitalization

Rolf Diamant
December 2015:
The “Fairsted School”: An Enduring Legacy

Ethan Carr

March 2015:

Gary Hilderbrand

December 2014:
Dwelling in Landscape

Daniel Bluestone

March 2014:
The Shaping of Regions: The New York Regional Plan and the Origins of Planning in America

Robert Yaro

November 2013:
From Buffalo to Boston: Olmsted’s Evolving Vision of Urban Park Systems

Francis R. Kowsky