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“BOSTON’S FRANKLIN PARK: OLMSTED, RECREATION, AND THE MODERN CITY”
Based on the book by Ethan Carr, FASLA, “Boston’s Franklin Park” tells the story of the landscape Frederick Law Olmsted designed in 1885 as the centerpiece of a unique municipal park system later known as the Emerald Necklace. The film traces the construction of the park, later changes made to meet evolving recreational needs, and the patterns of institutionalized racism that led to its midcentury decline. The Franklin Park Action Plan, a city and community led renewal effort, is introduced through interviews with park officials and community residents. This inclusive model for future park planning reflects a vital collaboration between the people who live near the park, landscape architects, planners, and the City of Boston.
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The Boston-based landscape architect Warren H. Manning (1860–1938) forged an innovative approach to city, regional, and national planning that paired modern planning techniques with nineteenth-century ideals of rural life. Designing landscapes at every scale, Manning’s visionary goal was to make “our whole country a park.” Throughout his long practice, Manning orchestrated “Community Days,” gatherings that brought together hundreds of local volunteers who cleared brush, planted trees, and created trails and ballfields. In his forthcoming book, Kevan Klosterwill charts the evolution of Manning’s experimentation with these ideals at ever more complex scales, illuminating the advantages as well as the pitfalls of his expansive practices.