What Drove Olmsted’s Vision? Harvard Magazine Investigates

Here’s an interesting take on Frederick Law Olmsted’s life and work. In the July-August issue of Harvard Magazine (the alumni publication of Harvard University, Olmsted’s alma mater), Michael Sperber, M.D., suggests that it was Olmsted’s turbulent personal life that drove him to create order in the natural world. Calling Olmsted the “first landscape psychoarchitect,” Sperber briefly traces how the death of Olmsted’s mother and later his stepsister may have caused Olmsted to suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder. The entire piece is much too short, but intriguing nonetheless. Click here to read it online, or here to download a printable .pdf version.

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