By Laurie Olin

"Twenty-eight years in the past I went to England for a three-month stopover at and leisure. What i discovered replaced my life."

So starts off this memoir by way of one in all America's best-known panorama architects, Laurie Olin. Raised in a frontier city in Alaska, informed in Seattle and ny, Olin came across himself disenchanted along 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 outfitted through the years to answer the land's personal personality and to the folks who lived and labored there. For Olin, the English nation-state used to be a palimpsest of the main eloquent and relocating variety, but whose manifestation was once of standard structures intended to preserve their population and additional their work.

With evocative language and delightful line drawings, the writer takes us again to his advent to the scenes of English nation cities, their old universities, meandering waterways, and dramatic cloudscapes racing in from the Atlantic. He limns the geologic histories discovered in the rock, the near-forgotten histories of place-names, and the hot histories of educate traces and automobile routes. evaluating the expansion of creating within the English geographical region, 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 routinely English, Across the Open Field is "an affectionate ramble via genuine locations of lasting worth."

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