Mt. Holyoke describes Olmsted's design principles:
|Genesee Valley Park, October 2010|
Scenery: Designs of “passages of scenery” with a liberal use of plantings even in the smallest spaces and in areas with the most active use.
Suitability: Creation of designs that are in keeping with the natural scenery and topography of the location with a respect for and full utilization of the “genius of the place.”
Sanitation: Creation of designs to promote both physical and mental health of users with provisions for adequate drainage and similar engineering considerations.
Subordination: Subordination of all details and features (both of natural and artificial materials) to the overall design and the effect intended for it to achieve.
Separation: Separation of areas done in different styles so that “incongruous mixture of styles” will not dilute the intended effect of each; separation of ways in order to insure safety of use and reduce distractions for those using the space; separation of uses that conflict with another.
Spaciousness: Creation of designs that make the area seem larger than it is using bays and headlands of plantings forming indefinite boundaries.