Updating Olmsted

Ward Thompson, C., 1996, Updating Olmsted, in: Landscape Design, 254,

  • Author : Ward Thompson, C.
  • Year : 1996
  • Journal/Series : Landscape Design
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 254
  • Pages : 26-31
  • Abstract in English : This article results from a study, carried out in 1994-1995 of a number of such initiatives in the USA, base on observations of the parks, and interviews with landscape consultants, park managers and administrators. What follows is an attempt to address some of the most important and intriguing questions, although it is by no means an exhaustive catalogue of relevant issues: What do park users and potential park users want now and how does this differ from what they wanted 150 years ago? The author related the ideas of Olmsted (19th century) to those of the Kaplans (the latest decades of the 20 th century). Olmsted as well as the Kaplans suggested and demonstrated that nature such as parks was important to people’s well-being. Also from other viewpoints today’s parks are mirrored in Olmsted’s work, that is linked, to European 20th century’s parks.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: parks, park use, history, Olmsted, well-being, accessibility, size, democratic park use, park design. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research, students of universities of professional education.