The Library of American Landscape History and Florentine Films/Hott Productions has produced a series of documentary films about historically significant landscapes and the landscape architects who designed them.
Based on books published by the Library of American Landscape History, the short films are hosted by historians and landscape architects who, “explain the design process in accessible terms that will engage nonspecialists as well as students, practitioners, and scholars.”
The two films about Olmsted landscape design focus on the work of Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System describes the first park system designed for an American city. Community by Design: The Olmsted Firm and the Development of Brookline, Massachusetts surveys Olmsted’s move to Brookline, his role in its planning, and the Olmsted firms’ operations there.
Each film is about 12 minutes long and they are available to view on the Library of American Landscape History website.