Landscape Architecture: Seeing Beauty In Ugly Places

Julie Bargmann sees beauty in land littered with mine refuse and scarred by acid-laced waters. At an abandoned coal mine in Vitondale, Pa., she is creating what she has dubbed a "regenerative park" to capture the horror and the beauty of its industrial legacy. "New parks aren't all that different from the tradition of [Frederick Law] Olmsted parks," says Bargmann, 42, referring to the architect of New York City's Central Park. "Olmsted was actually constructing places that were part of urban life. Our culture is now one of postindustry. Parks need to express that aspect of our culture."

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