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The urban oasis
Timeless Spaces
Delphine Bailly, February 14, 2007
In each case, these cities have shown a similar way of integrating nature into the urban fabric, striking a balance. They also share the same history relating to the development of urban parks in North America, during the latter period of the nineteenth century, in response to unprecedented industrial and commercial growth.

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), an American social reformer and democrat, was the instigator of the design and creation of numerous 'central parks' and is considered the founder of landscape architecture.  He was highly regarded as an environmental planner, and won the competition to design Central Park in New York. His concepts of landscape planning and design not only continued to develop, but were regarded as the standard in North America.

Frederick Law Olmsted
Frederick Law Olmsted
 
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