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

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https://doi.org/10.52200/62.A.MC4LREXQ

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Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

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.

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Maumi, C. (2021). Landscape architecture according to Olmsted: beyond purifying the air, pacifying the mind. Docomomo Journal, (62), 28–35. https://doi.org/10.52200/62.A.MC4LREXQ

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2021-08-31

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Author Biography

Catherine Maumi, École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-La Villette

Architect, doctor of EHESS, HDR (Paris 8), presently full professor in History of Architecture at ENSA Paris La Villette, Research laboratory AHTTEP/AUSser. Her research focusing on the cities and the territory of the United States has been rewarded with diverse fellowships from the Canadian Center for Architecture, from CASVA (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.). Her latest work published: Frank Lloyd Wright, Broadacre City: la nouvelle frontière, Editions de La Villette, 2015.

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