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Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.: A Vision for the American West Tours

The Stanford University Campus–Planning and Design

This tour is SOLD OUT.

Friday, March 28, 2014
8:30 am–3 pm

The university environment is a microcosm for larger cities and towns. Stanford has one of the most aggressive university building programs in the country. As the campus develops in the 21st century, planning and design must address complex issues such as energy production, alternative modes of transportation, product innovation, methods of learning, increased density, wellness, and sustainability. The private university is uniquely suited to wrestle with these challenges through the administration’s commitment, resources of donors, and teams of world renowned scientists and researchers.

Programming for campus spaces often comes from the academic venues eager to extend learning, research, invention, and physical fitness of building occupants into the landscape. For Stanford's 100th anniversary in 1989, the historic 1889 Frederick Law Olmsted plan was updated to adapt to the automobile and respond to unprecedented growth. Stanford's commitment to leading edge sustainable development and practice, and to promoting the innovation synonymous with Silicon Valley, further influenced planning and design. The resulting Landscape White Paper and framework plans by University landscape architects inform outside landscape consultants who produce major contemporary works that complement the University’s context and plans for growth.

Stanford's current $1.3 billion construction program includes five major new landscape quads, three of which are near completion. University landscape architects established a framework that gives space for creative sustainable design while maintaining a cohesive identity. Recent works include parks and malls along with signature landscapes for individual schools. The university landscape is now a layering of work by the Olmsted firm, Thomas Church, Garrett Eckbo, and contemporary landscape architects including Peter Walker, Hargreaves Associates, SWA Group, Scott Sebastian, Cheryl Barton, and Tom Leader. 

The daylong tour and presentations will explore Stanford’s planning principles and master plan for growth, and will visit landscapes of all the eras.

Presented by:

  • Cathy Deino Blake, associate director of Campus Planning and Design, University landscape architect, LEED AP, SCPM, ASLA
  • Julie Cain, program coordinator, Stanford Heritage Services

6.5 LU HSW (AIA) / 6.5 CM (AICP) / 6.5 LA CES (ASLA)

$52 per person includes tour, refreshments, and CEUs.  Registrants will have one hour for lunch on their own at the Campus Center. Limited to 30 participants. Open only to Symposium registrants. Parking passes for the tour will be available for purchase for $5 at the Symposium on March 27. Additional information regarding parking for this tour can be found here.


A Vision Achieved: Celebrating 80 Years of the East Bay Regional Park District

This tour is SOLD OUT.

Friday, March 28, 2014
8:30 am–5 pm
Tour leaves from and returns to Stanford University, with an East Bay pickup location TBA. 

From sunlit shores to magnificent ridge tops, the East Bay Regional Park District spans 65 parks and 113,000 acres in California's Alameda and Contra Costa counties, offering experiences as diverse as the land.

Our story started in the late 1920s when thousands of acres of pristine watershed land suddenly became available for development. Far-sighted civic leaders had a vision: to preserve the land forever, balancing its wilderness features with public enjoyment. They enlisted Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. to survey watershed lands for potential park use. The resulting 1930 report, Proposed Park Reservations for East Bay Cities, recommended a novel approach: a regional system to manage over 10,000 acres of choice watershed lands.

In 1934, during the depths of the Depression, a ballot measure by the grassroots land preservation movement to enact the Olmsted plan passed with 71% of the vote, and the nation’s first regional park agency was born. By 1936, the new District had purchased enough land to create its first three regional parks, and federal New Deal programs supplied much of the labor and capital to build them.

80 years later, the District stays committed to its founding principle of providing East Bay residents with recreational opportunities and open space preserves close to home. Olmsted’s vision for the East Bay has not only been achieved, but expanded profoundly in ways that the founders might only have dreamed.

On this full-day bus and walking tour, we will visit several key East Bay regional parks, starting with the expansive ridgelands that comprised the original Olmsted vision, and ending along the beautiful San Francisco Bay shoreline. Along the way, we will learn how the initial plan was implemented, discover how it has grown, and discuss issues that face the District today.

Presented by:

  • David Zuckermann, supervising naturalist, East Bay Regional Park District
  • Other speakers TBA

8.5 CM (AICP) / 8.5 LA CES (ASLA)

$62 per person includes transportation, CEUs, box lunch, bottled water, and snacks. Lunch and a brief indoor seminar will take place at the historic Tilden Regional Park Brazil Building (built by the WPA). Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers. Limited to 48 participants. Open only to Symposium registrants.