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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 certainly one of America's best-known panorama architects, Laurie Olin. Raised in a frontier city in Alaska, knowledgeable in Seattle and ny, Olin discovered himself disenchanted together with his activity as an city architect and permitted a call for participation to England to take a respite from paintings. What he discovered, in abundance, used to be the serendipity of a human atmosphere outfitted over 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 used to be of normal structures intended to look after their population and extra 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 historic universities, meandering waterways, and dramatic cloudscapes racing in from the Atlantic. He limns the geologic histories came across in the rock, the near-forgotten histories of place-names, and the hot histories of teach strains and vehicle routes. evaluating the expansion of creating within the English nation-state, 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 actual locations of lasting worth."

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