Laurie Olin Observed
The New York Observer profiles Philly's own Laurie Olin, the landscape architect who remade Independence Mall and is now working on the landscape behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The real subject of the article is the controversial Atlantic Yards project, which Olin is doing in collaboration with Frank Gehry. Even you don't care a whit about what happens in Flatbush, N.Y., it's interesting to eavesdrop on the sophisticated discussion that New Yorkers are having about the project, which resembles in some superficial ways Philadelphia's River City proposal. Notice that the conversation is lot more meaty than the "Big buildings: Good/ Big Buildings: Bad," dichotomy that we often hear these days in Philadelphia.