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Olmsted 200 - Student Essay Competition

To celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), the National Association for Olmsted Parks announces a Student Essay Competition. 

Frederick Law Olmsted was a landscape architect, author, farmer, journalist, city planner, public official, and creative genius who transformed the landscape of American cities. For over 100 years, he and the successor design firm bearing his name completed thousands of park, greenspace, campus, arboretum, institutional and residential projects across America.

IDEAS AT HOME. Housing Concepts in Architecture

In recent years, housing research has spurred a growing interest from architectural historians, theorists and practitioners alike. However, housing studies are still developed mostly outside the field of architecture. The discourse on housing is nowadays taken over mainly by developers, social activists, policy makers and administrators, who reason mostly under the pressure of immediate practicality.