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Frederick Law Olmsted, Green Infrastructure, and the Evolving City
Journal of Planning History (2013)
  • Theodore S. Eisenman, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Over the past decade, green infrastructure has emerged as a subject of significant interest in city and
regional planning; yet, this discussion is not entirely new. Significant elements can be traced to the
work of Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., in the nineteenth century, and the roots of the urban planning
and landscape architecture professions. As evidence, this article frames three aspects of Olmsted’s
work within contemporary green infrastructure theory and practice: ecosystem services and human
well-being; environmental restoration; and comprehensive planning. The article then addresses
Olmsted’s philosophy regarding the civilizing influence of urbanism and concludes that green infrastructure
may be integral to the evolution of the twenty-first century
  • Frederick Law Olmsted,
  • civilizing influence of urbanism,
  • green infrastructure
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Theodore S. Eisenman. "Frederick Law Olmsted, Green Infrastructure, and the Evolving City" Journal of Planning History (2013)
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