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 means of certainly one of America's best-known panorama architects, Laurie Olin. Raised in a frontier city in Alaska, proficient in Seattle and big apple, Olin stumbled on himself upset along with his activity as an city architect and accredited a call for participation to England to take a respite from paintings. What he discovered, in abundance, was once the serendipity of a human atmosphere equipped 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 was once a palimpsest of the main eloquent and relocating style, but whose manifestation was once of normal constructions intended to preserve 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 historic universities, meandering waterways, and dramatic cloudscapes racing in from the Atlantic. He limns the geologic histories came upon in the rock, the near-forgotten histories of place-names, and the hot histories of teach traces and vehicle routes. evaluating the expansion of creating within the English nation-state, Olin attracts a few sobering conclusions approximately our glossy 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 usually English, Across the Open Field is "an affectionate ramble via actual locations of lasting worth."

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