The design and planning of green spaces in cities has been central to urban development since the beginning of civilization.

During the nineteenth century, Frederick Law Olmsted created a new vision for public parks in the United States, beginning with his and Calvert Vaux's design for Central Park in New York City.

During the twentieth century, Ian McHarg argued that ecological understanding should guide design and planning.

This new century has given rise to new forms of green infrastructure, such as the High Line in Manhattan and Fresh Kills in Staten Island.

At this special conference, leading scholars, planners, and designers will address the vital relationship between nature and cities and how ecological design and planning remain integral links in the betterment of the world's cities.

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