By Laurie Olin
"Twenty-eight years in the past I went to England for a three-month stopover at and relaxation. What i discovered replaced my life."
So starts this memoir by way of considered one of America's best-known panorama architects, Laurie Olin. Raised in a frontier city in Alaska, informed in Seattle and ny, Olin came across himself upset together with his task as an city architect and accredited a call for participation to England to take a respite from paintings. What he stumbled on, in abundance, was once the serendipity of a human surroundings equipped through the years to answer the land's personal personality and to the folks who lived and labored there. For Olin, the English geographical region was once a palimpsest of the main eloquent and relocating kind, but whose manifestation used to be of normal structures intended to look after their population and additional their work.
With evocative language and beautiful line drawings, the writer takes us again to his advent to the scenes of English nation cities, their historical universities, meandering waterways, and dramatic cloudscapes racing in from the Atlantic. He limns the geologic histories came across in the rock, the near-forgotten histories of place-names, and the hot histories of educate traces and vehicle routes. evaluating the expansion of creating within the English nation-state, Olin attracts a few sobering conclusions approximately our sleek way of life and its expanding separation from the landscape.
As a lot a plea for saving the trendy American panorama because it is a passionate exploration of what makes the English panorama so frequently English, Across the Open Field is "an affectionate ramble via actual areas of lasting worth."
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Unfortunately, just as in the United States, the majority of England's population is now so thoroughly urban that it is very much out of touch with the physical and natural world and how it works. Few people ever consider the agricultural base upon which our entire population and technological achievement are supported, much less the more esoteric relationships between groundwater, forests, songbirds, pesticides, sewerage, and industry. The great fad for things "natural;' the rush to be counted among the right thinkers on Earth Day, has waned for the moment.
The friends I had come to stay with had taken a rambling establishment called Warneford House, rented out to boarders winter and summer by a boys' school that occupied Buckland House at the time. This jumble of gables, stairways, and chimneys was in fact several older houses and cottages linked together. It had all the mass and complexity of a large and moderately important house without a single room of grace or fine proportions. Fortunately, as in countless similar buildings throughout the south of England, it possessed an enormous well-lit kitchen at one end, undoubtedly the entire original cottage, embedded within one of the older houses.
6. reader in the on with a fertilizer sp mm Co nd la ck Bu m neford House seen fro 7- War eground. for CHAPTER TWO As in the case of this house, the lessons to be learned from the artifacts and lifestyle of a village such as Buckland can easily be separated from nostalgia. Invariably they will be concerned with matters of the human spirit and a sensibility that has sometimes been dubbed practicality or common sense and that in its most modern formulation is termed an ecological view of the world.
Across the open field : essays drawn from English landscapes by Laurie Olin