Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR
Gina M. Angelone
SA KWA Pictures
Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR
Nancy Slade, ASLA
The Cultural Landscape Foundation would like to thank the many people who contributed to making the Laurie Olin Oral History a reality.
A project such as this comes to life through the efforts of many individuals. Special thanks of course go to Laurie Olin for making this all possible: he took six days from his busy schedule in June of 2012 to be interviewed at his office and project sites in Philadelphia, Washington, DC and New York City; he provided numerous fascinating, illuminating, entertaining and revelatory stories and vignettes from his long and distinguished career as an architect, landscape architect, artist, mentor and teacher; and he also gave us access to wealth of material in his personal and professional archives, especially his sketchbooks, which are extraordinary visual diaries that detail a rich and complex biography.
Special thanks are also in order for Gina Angelone and Alejandro Treviño whose commitment to this project went well beyond the anticipated scope of work – their professionalism, attention to detail (particularly in the integration of the visual treasure trove of supporting sketches, watercolors and photography from Laurie's personal and professional collections), and evident love of the video medium for conveying this story, have yielded in a polished result of which we are extremely proud.
At OLIN there are many to thank, beginning with the partners who supported this project from conception through completion. Their openness and commitment to this process made all the difference to its timely development. Specifically, Dennis McGlade, Sue Weiler, Chris Hanley, Rich Newton, Lucinda Sanders and Bob Bedell were enthusiastic supporters and their on-camera interviews discussing Laurie and their work added a remarkable poignancy to the project. The supporting images, which richly illustrate the narrative, took countless hours to acquire. At OLIN, we want to thank Sahar Coston-Hardy for her enthusiasm and thoughtful help organizing and digitizing hundreds of images for this project, and Gary Eggers who so graciously assisted by coordinating our numerous requests. At Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, many thanks to Emma Cobb for her assistance with images; and to all of the professional photographers and individuals listed below who contributed their time and talent. Finally, special thanks go to William Whitaker and Nancy Thorne at the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania who made available numerous images from the Archives' extensive collections. As they have with other oral histories in this series, Bill and Nancy continue to surprise and delight us with their imaginative suggestions and resourcefulness, always done in a timely fashion.
Photographs, prints, and drawings reproduced courtesy of the following individuals and institutions:
© Andy Blair, before Battery Park City image; Anita Berrizbeitia; BatteryPark.TV; Robert Benson Photography - Visitor Center, Independence Park, KMW Architecture; Bryant Park Corporation / 34th Street Partnership, Bryant Park; © Sahar Coston-Hardy, OLIN, Bryant Park; Charles Birnbaum; Central Park Conservancy; Scott Frances - National Constitution Center, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects; Office of M. Paul Friedberg; Wally Gobetz; Ken Haab; Linda Jewell; Aaron Kiley; © Paul Lettieri, Photographer, Portrait of Bernie Cywinski, courtesy Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; © Nic Lehoux ,photographer, Liberty Bell Center , courtesy Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects; Grace Lo; Machado-Silvetti; © Peter Mauss/Esto, Bryant Park images 2007M32.401 and 520; Elizabeth K. Meyer; ©1984 Steve Rosenthal, Johnson + Johnson Baby Products building, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; OLIN; Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP; Adele Chatfield Taylor; Michal Tincup; Takashi Sato - J Paul Getty Center_01, 6 - © OLIN; Courtney Spearman; Marek Zamdmer, 16th Street Transitway Mall, courtesy Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.
Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania
109.V.C.21.22- A, 109.V.C.21.22-B, 109.V.A.2.a.4 Photograph of Ian McHarg, 282.IV.B.1.3.b Photograph of Bob Hanna_ Becky Young photographer, 024.I.E.1 Photograph Sir Peter Shepheard, 109.V.C.21.31 Sketch of Narenda Juneja by Peter Shepheard
University of Pennsylvania Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Images of the Landscape Development Plan - University of Pennsylvania - Center for Environmental Design - Graduate School of Fine Arts - 1977
University Archives Washington University in St. Louis
Image 60-104-14, R-66-336-2 Joseph Passonneau
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Negative number SEA0591, Seattle Collections Negative number UW35888