Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

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A conversation between renowned landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Susan Herrington, author of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape.

In Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape, Susan Herrington places Oberlander within a larger social and aesthetic context, chronicling both her personal and professional trajectory and her work in New York, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Seattle, Berlin, Toronto and Montreal. Oberlander is a progenitor of some of the most significant currents informing landscape architecture today, particularly in the area of ecological focus. In her thorough biography, Herrington draws much-deserved attention to one of the truly important figures in landscape architecture.

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander worked with Moshe Safdie to create the National Gallery of Canada’s indoor and outdoor gardens. Her inspiration for the taiga garden on the southeast side, with its severe northern beauty and muted colours, came from A. Y. Jackson’s painting Terre Sauvage.

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