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Laurie Olin to speak on parks for 21st century

The Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s summer series, “The Next Generation of Parks,” continues tonight with a presentation by Laurie Olin, teacher, author, and founding principal of OLIN, one of America’s leading landscape architecture firms.

The Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s summer series, “The Next Generation of Parks,” continues tonight with a presentation by Laurie Olin, teacher, author, and founding principal of OLIN, one of America’s leading landscape architecture firms. His topic: “Finding Lost Spaces.”

The Parks Foundation’s series was designed to build on the foresight Minneapolis civic leaders implemented more than a century ago in constructing the park system for which the Twin Cities is now noted. In the 21st century, global warming and depleted resources, along with the recession and rapidly transforming demographics are driving landscape architects and city planners to rethink how public parks — and their uses — can serve communities and the natural world.

“The Next Generation of Parks,” says the Parks Foundation website, “is an envisioning process to engage citizens in imagining the future of our park system.” The series is co-presented by the Parks Foundation, the University of Minnesota College of Design’s Metropolitan Design Center, and the Walker Art Center.

Laurie Olin is internationally recognized for multiple award-winning projects, which include Bryant Park in New York City, the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Barnes Foundation Art Education Center in Philadelphia. In 2008, his firm received a National Design Award for excellence and innovation in landscape design, and for its dedication to sustainability.

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“Finding Lost Spaces.” 7 p.m. today. 100 Rapson Hall, College of Design, University of Minnesota. Free.