In the late 1800s, A.D. White championed orderly, manicured quads while Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmsted recommended a more natural layout, with buildings sprinkled randomly across the campus. White prevailed, but the nearby Cornell Plantations capitalize on the area's natural beauty.
Landscape architecture remains a vital field of inquiry at Cornell. In the Roberts Hall studios, students hone their aesthetic sensibilities. Across the quad, undergraduates in a class called Creating the Urban Eden designed and planted a garden created by the ongoing Mann Library renovations.
In the distance, the 11-story Bradfield and ivy-covered Plant Sciences buildings are visible through the window.