« Mr. Olin’s Neighborhood
By Trey Popp
Project photos courtesy the Olin Partnership
Sitting at the head of a long table in his office library, half the white whiskers of his close-cropped beard aglow in a stream of mid-morning light, Laurie Olin is having a moment of doubt. It’s something of an unlikely setting. The mere act of walking to the window might be enough to shake him out of it, for the new vision of Philadelphia’s Independence Mall taking shape 11 stories below is just the latest reason to make a man of his accomplishment feel cocksure. But the world-renowned landscape architect and professor in the School of Design stays put. He wants to talk about humility .
“There is a kind of melancholy that people don’t talk about,” he says slowly, “that thoughtful landscape architects I think possess, and that is the sense that some things will be lost or you might make a mistake. It’s the question of change. How to help the world so that the changes are productive and make it richer.”(...).» in THE PENNSYLVANIA GAZETTE- July-Aug 2007.