Ten design lessons from Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture - (37signals) | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it

Timeless design principles:

1) Respect “the genius of a place.”
Olmsted wanted his designs to stay true to the character of their natural surroundings. He referred to “the genius of a place,” a belief that every site has ecologically and spiritually unique qualities. The goal was to “access this genius” and let it infuse all design decisions.

2) Subordinate details to the whole.

3) The art is to conceal art.

4) Aim for the unconscious.......