Visions for the City: Lessons in City Building from Frederick Law Olmsted

Presented in both Ottawa and Toronto, the lecture outlined what lessons Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision brings to cities today. Olmsted is best known as the designer of Central Park and Mount Royal, but he is also the father of “North American Urbanism” whose ideas and approach to town planning have made a lasting impression on the fabric of our cities. Olmsted invented the concept of the parkway and also conceived the first planned suburb in North America.

Witold Rybczynski, Architect, Meyerson Chair of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, best-selling author and noted observer of urban trends provided an insight of his new book on Frederick Law Olmsted.