The Olmsted Brothers -
Vision, Power-Politics & Priorities over Time
November 10, 2013 1:00–4:00PM
Connect the dots between visionary planning, power-politics and environmental priorities and see if you get anywhere. It sounds like another day in 2013, but in 1930, the Olmsted Brothers, a preeminent landscape design firm, co-authored “Playgrounds, Parks and Beaches,” a groundbreaking plan that sought to enhance Los Angeles County’s natural beauty and to also, protect its cultural assets and fragile ecologies, by linking the mountains to the beaches through scenic parkways and a necklace of open space across the region. Not implemented in its day because of its vast scope and the power-politics that ensued, the Olmsted Brothers’ groundbreaking recommendations have lived on as society balances protection of the region’s attributes with the needs of an enormous population.
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The telling story of the Olmsted Brothers is the centerpiece of an unconventional conversation on the built environment of Southern California entitled A Place for Us: Reimagining and Reclaiming being held at Rancho Los Alamitos on November 10th from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. The forum will feature prominent historians, design and environmental experts who will discuss how planners, policy and decision-makers can draw from the past to move forward in bold new ways — like adopting an alternative plan for the Los Angeles River — to achieve more vibrant and sustainable places for people to live, work and play.
The conversation will feature prominent historians, design and environmental experts including: Frances Anderton, Radio Host of DnA: Design and Architecture on KCRW; USC History Chair William Deverell; Director, UCLA Urban Center for People & the Environment, Stephanie Pincetl; Environmental Journalist Jon Christensen; Architect Alan Pullman and Adaptive Reuse Developer Tom Gilmore, with author D.J. Waldie and RLA Director of Special Projects Claudia Jurmain moderating.
Enjoy a sumptuous mid-afternoon break in the historic barns area and visit the Rancho Los Alamitos Gift Store. Make time for your own conversation with the featured guests during the break and at the conclusion of the presentation.
Free parking for this event is available at CSULB Lot 11A on Palo Verde Avenue with continuous handicap-accessible shuttle service to The Rancho. Rancho Los Alamitos is located at 6400 Bixby Hill Road in Long Beach adjacent to the Cal State Long Beach University campus.
Reservations to A Place for Us: Reimagining and Reclaiming cost $15 per person and may be booked online by clicking the red reservation button above or by calling Rancho Los Alamitos at 562-431-3541.
Rancho Los Alamitos, 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach, California 90815 - (562) 431-3541
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