BE SEATED

AUTHOR: LAURIE OLIN

“Thinking back and leafing through my sketchbooks, I see that I’ve been looking at, studying, and recording furniture indoors and out for the past fifty years.”

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Thinking back and leafing through my sketchbooks, I see that I’ve been looking at, studying, and recording furniture indoors and out for the past fifty years. On a fairly regular basis I have noted examples that interested me because of their form, proportions, dimensions, structure, and materials (or some combination that I found attractive or instructive) in places ranging from parks in Paris and Barcelona to cafés in Vienna and Bucharest, from villas in Italy to railroad stations in the American West. A number of successful landscape places I have admired and sketched, such as Paley Park in New York City, turn out to possess what amounts to built-in seating in the form of ledges or convenient walls as well as loose furniture. (…)

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 What follows begins with a history of seating in the landscape, followed by my own burgeoning fascination with public seating and a brief synopsis of how that fascination evolved. Next come thoughts gleaned from four decades of professional practice as a landscape architect in Europe and America, and my interest in chairs, benches, and experiments in contemporary projects. Finally, I include some brief reflections on public space and various aspects of its design. I have not attempted a comprehensive history or survey of seating; instead this is an appreciation derived from my personal observation of and frequent professional engagement with such arrangements—sometimes in gardens, but more particularly in public and civic environments. (…)

In a democracy we are expected to fulfill two potentials that of a private citizen and that of a contributing member of a society. When sitting in a park or plaza, we are immersed in our private existence, with its particular demands and aspirations, while simultaneously participating in the larger, communal life of the town or city around us. Chairs and benches are the settings for this simple and largely unnoticed yet profoundly important aspect of our lives.

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“In a democracy we are expected to fulfill two potentials that of a private citizen and that of a contributing member of a society.”

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Selected Works

Colors of RhetoricMaría Fullaondo

Koolhass For PradaProject type

BRACKETNeeraj Baathia, Mason White

Be SeatedJohn Lin, Sony Devabhaktuni

Colors of RhetoricMaria Fullaondo

Social UrbanismProject type

GRID 5Project type

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