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Beyond The Big Dig
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What happens to the ribbon of land being created by the depression of the Central Artery may be the most important development decision to face Boston in a generation.

Laurie D. Olin * Laurie Olin oped column

Laurie D. Olin

Laurie D. Olin is considered by many to be an heir to Frederick Law Olmsted's legacy. He has put his stamp on public spaces from Manhattan to Los Angeles and from Columbus, Ohio, to London, England. His work deals largely with the transformation of the ordinary, taking commonplace elements and making them extraordinary.

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He is founding partner of the firm now known as Olin Partnership and is Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a former faculty member and chair of the landscape department at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects.

After earning a degree in architecture from the University of Washington, where he was a student of Richard Haag, Olin worked in architecture and landscape offices in Seattle, New York, and London, as well as on transportation and urban design with Joseph Passoneau and Partners of Washington, D.C.

He long and diverse list of projects includes corporate headquarters for Johnson & Johnson, Pitney Bowes, and Codex Corporation; urban parks including Bryant Park and Battery Park in New York, Pershing Square in Los Angeles, and Hermann Park in Houston; and mixed-use developments including Playa Vista in Los Angeles, Mission Bay in San Francisco, and Vila Olimpica in Barcelona. He has worked on campus planning and design at the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, MIT, Yale, Virginia, and the University of Washington, among others. Recent projects have included gardens for the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

In 1991 he won the Bradford Williams Medal for his writing on the history and theory of landscape architecture. His publications include "Transforming the Common/Place: Selections from Laurie Olin's Sketchbooks," and "Across the Open Field: Essays Drawn on the English Landscape." His work has been exhibited at both museums and universities here and abroad.

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