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"...planning embraced seemingly unrelated fields,
linking the most intimate aspects of family life with
community and nation."
modern design at the University of Pennsylvania, and Edmund
Bacon was serving as Executive Director of the City Planning
Commission (1949 to 1970) - and these plans began to materialize.
The Citizens' Council, spearheaded by Bacon in the early 1940s,
was formed to act as an intermediary between the Planning
Commission and community groups. In 1950 Oberlander left the
RPA and was hired as a community planner with the Citizens'
Council. The job was an ideal post for Oberlander since major
renewal plans for parts of Philadelphia would have a direct
impact on people living there. Her move coincided with Peter's
relocation to Vancouver when he was appointed to create the
School of Community and Regional Planning at the University
of British Columbia. Although separated by thousands of miles,
they continued to keep in touch and encourage each other in their
chosen fields.
At the CCCP Oberlander held community meetings, conducted
interviews, and sought to integrate people's opinion into the
planning, design, and building process. She initiated a number
of community gardens and Fix Up events that involved painting
houses and helping families tend their yards. She also led tours of
the finished projects. On Sunday 19 February 1950, for example,
Oberlander facilitated a Germantown Gardens Exploration Trip, a
tour that took people to the roof to view their neighborhood from
above and down to walk among the community gardens created
by residents in Operation Fix Up. While we tend to attribute 1960s
counter-culture with participatory design, Oberlander had already
developed questionnaires and was conducting workshops with
community members in the early 1950s. She also represented a
new breed of women working in the public realm. For example,
women's organizations such the Massachusetts Emergency
and Hygiene Association were instrumental in working with
disenfranchised communities and establishing playgrounds for
them during the turn of the century. Oberlander possessed the
design and technical skills that enabled her to directly link people's
needs with the creation of physical designs for parks, community
gardens, and other urban landscapes, adding to this trajectory of
women serving communities.
Her work as a community planner at the CCCP also exposed her
to some of the most powerful planners and architects working
in Philadelphia. However, it was her dexterity in employing a
modern design vocabulary for a small park near the John Hay
Neighborhood Association (now Gold Star Park) that caught the
attention of the architect Oskar Stonorov. Trained in Europe and
a member of the Council's Public Improvements Committee,
Stonorov had partnered with Louis Kahn during the 1940s. He
was deeply committed to the social goals of art and design, and
he was eager to bring European concepts of public housing to
the city. He was impressed with Oberlander's modern design
vocabulary and the way she applied it to landscape design.
Stonorov asked to meet with Oberlander after work. Upon
entering his office, he immediately produced a drawing of
Solidarity House, the international headquarters for the United
Auto Workers in Detroit, Michigan. He requested that she
prepare a landscape plan that evening, which he would pick up
in the morning to take to Detroit. Never one to shy a way from
a challenge, she preserved the site's mature trees and stone
walkways, and created an abstract design with Andorra juniper
and grass. It was implemented in 1951. What she didn't know at
the time was that the existing site had been owned by Edsel Ford,
and the landscape designed by Jens Jensen.
susan.herrington@ubc.ca
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To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Upfront | Prologue
Excellence 2014 | Les Prix D’excellence – Cru 2014
National Honour | Honneur National
National Merit | Mérite National
National Citation | Citation Nationale
The Regionals | Prix Régionaux
Adjudication
CSLA: 80 Years | Aapc : 80 Ans
LACF | FACP
Critique | Critique
Urban Design Awards
The Last Word | Le Mot De La Fin
LP+ Online | En Ligne
“Making a Landscape” … Excerpt
FP_LP+ | Architecture de Paysage du Canada
Lake Effect – Harbourfront Show
FR_LP+ | Profil du Jury
FR_LP+ | EN_LP+ | Hatley Castle Today
Hatley Castle
FR_LP+ | Poser Les Bonnes Questions
FR_LP+ | Prix de Design Urbain
FR_LP+ | Des emblèmes : Non Merci !
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - The Regionals | Prix Régionaux
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