Wilderness by Design


Wilderness by Design

Landscape Architecture and the National Park Service

Ethan Carr

378 pages
Illus., maps


August 1999


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About the Book

Tracing the history of landscape park design from British gardens up through the city park designs of Frederick Law Olmsted, Ethan Carr places national park landscape architecture within a larger historical context. Despite the difficulties now confronting the parks, their continued ability to attract millions of visitors suggests that their creators succeeded in presenting a captivating vision of a once-wild America.

Author Bio

Ethan Carr is a landscape architect and is currently working for the National Park Service. He has taught landscape architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the University of Virginia School of Architecture.


“Handsomely produced . . . Carr underscores the significance and enduring power of the landscape park model.”—Environmental History

“This intelligently crafted book demonstrates that during the 1920s and 30s landscape architects used planning as an effective means of protecting wilderness from the effects of automobile tourism. . . . Highly recommended.”—Choice

“From the creation of Central Park in 1858 to the bison, wolf, and fire controversies of today, conservationists have been under constant scrutiny for the way that public lands are managed. . . . [Carr] speaks with eloquence and pride about the ongoing struggle to preserve the back countries.”—Mystic Montana


2000 Fred Kniffen Book Award and Allen Noble Book Award, sponsored by the Pioneer America Society, Inc., winner
1999 Pioneer American Society Book Award Winner
1998 Honor Award, sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects, research category winner