Landscape architecture according to Olmsted: beyond purifying the air, pacifying the mind
Catherine Maumi

Although the works of Frederick Law Olmsted – such as Central Park, Prospect Park, Franklin Park, Riverside – are today widely recognized and appreciated, some of them having, in fact, been the object of important restoration work, the thinking which engendered them is much more unfamiliar, notably due to its complexity. The mission of landscape architecture, as it is defined by Olmsted, is above all social: to improve the living conditions of the population, beginning with the most unfavored. It is not just a matter of providing breathing spaces, but of allowing people to experience places capable of appeasing their minds.

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Healthcare architecture, Form and Function, Healing architecture, Landscape architecture, Frederick Olmstead.

Issue 62
Year 2020
Pages 28-35

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