By Susan Herrington,Marc Treib
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is among the most vital landscape
architects of the 20th century, but regardless of her lasting effect, few outdoor the field
be aware of her identify. Her paintings has been instrumental within the improvement of the late-twentieth-century
layout ethic, and her early years operating with architectural luminaries equivalent to Louis Kahn and
Dan Kiley ready her to convey a very modern—and audaciously abstract—sensibility to the
panorama layout tradition.
In Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the
sleek Landscape, Susan Herrington attracts upon archival study, web site analyses, and
quite a few interviews with Oberlander and her collaborators to supply the 1st biography of this
adventurous and influential panorama architect. Born in 1921, Oberlander fled Nazi Germany at
the age of eighteen together with her family members, occurring to develop into one of many few ladies to graduate from
Harvard University’s Graduate university of layout within the past due Forties. for 6 many years she has
practiced socially accountable and ecologically delicate making plans for public landscapes,
together with the Nineteen Seventies layout of the Robson sq. panorama and its adjacent Provincial Law
Courts—one of Vancouver’s most famed spaces.
Oberlander inside a bigger social and aesthetic context, chronicling either her own and
specialist trajectory and her paintings in manhattan, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Seattle, Berlin,
Toronto, and Montreal.
Oberlander is a progenitor of a few of the most
major currents informing panorama structure this day, fairly within the region of
ecological concentration. In her thorough biography, Herrington attracts much-deserved awareness to at least one of
the really very important figures in panorama architecture.
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