Buffalo’s renowned system of parks, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvin Vaux in the late 1800s, has inspired a new book, “The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System.”
The book (272 pages, $39.95), written by SUNY Buffalo State Distinguished Professor Emeritus Francis W. Kowsky and published by the University of Massachusetts Press in association with the Library of American Landscape History, is the first in the Library of American Landscape History’s new series, “Designing the American Park.”
The book and the Buffalo park system will be discussed in a free event from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the WNED studio building, 140 Lower Terrace St. Kowsky will be joined by Thomas Herrera-Mishler, president and CEO of the nonprofit Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, which maintains the parks, and by Ethan Carr, an Olmsted scholar, associate professor of landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and editor of the “Designing the American Park” series. The event is co-sponsored by the Library of American Landscape History and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
Each of the three experts will speak about a different facet of the parks, said Herrera-Mishler, who plans to talk about their future. After the presentations, the panel members will take questions from the audience, and at the conclusion, Kowsky will sign copies of the book.