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Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, LMBCSLA, FCSLA, FASLA, CC on why it should be easier to be green

Monday, April 16, 2018

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, LMBCSLA, FCSLA, FASLA, CC spoke with Wallpaper.com about her passionate proponent of environmental protection and liveable landscapes in urban settings.

"In spite of her well-regarded residential work, Oberlander prefers large urban schemes and her two big Vancouver projects with Erickson – Robson Square and the Museum of Anthropology (where she extended the idea of the First Nations collection into an ethno-botanical meadow) – are her best known projects. Robson Square, commissioned by a progressive provincial government as a ‘building that would put people first’ and completed in 1983, was conceived as an urban oasis – a tower placed on its side, extending over three blocks and comprising a courthouse, government offices and recreational public space.

‘It’s essentially a park on top of a structure,’ explains Oberlander, who did extensive research on which plants were best suited for the downtown location. Her chosen palette of Japanese maple trees and pines, magnolia and rhododendron, in a syncopated, staggered design, both soothes and elevates the urban aesthetic, offering an abstract yet lush vegetative response to Erickson’s concrete poetry."

Read more at https://www.wallpaper.com/architecture/landscape-architect-cornelia-hahn-oberlander-interview-canada#O35AohFwzUSztOzW.99

Project: Hanley Residence
Landscape Architect / Firm: LeFrank & Associates Ltd.
Location: Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
Photo Credit: David Hollebone