Renowned landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander joins Susan Herrington, author of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape, in an illustrated conversation. The pair will be joined by intervenors from Oberlander’s creative life. This is an unique opportunity to share in the ongoing journey of one of the world’s foremost landscape architects.
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, OC, a national treasure in Canada, has been creating innovative landscapes for more than sixty years. She has contributed to the designs of homes, high-profile buildings and other sites around the world, including Robson Square, the Law Courts, and the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver; and the Gardens of the National Gallery of Canada. Oberlander’s designs combine social service, collaboration, and deep environmental responsibility. Her recent work on the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly Building in Yellowknife addresses the complex issues of place and ecology in the fragile North.
Susan Herrington is a professor in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at The University of British Columbia. She is author of Schoolyard Park, On Landscapes, and most recently Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape.
Maureen Connelly is Director at the Centre for Architectural Ecology at the BCIT School of Construction and the Environment. She has received numerous awards for her outstanding research into the uses and benefits of green roofs.
Scot Hein is the Campus Urban Designer at the University of British Columbia. Prior to this recent appointment, he managed the City of Vancouver’s high profile Urban Design Studio as the city’s senior urban designer for the past 10 years. He teaches in the new Masters of Urban Design Program of UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He is a tireless advocate for urbanism excellence and the importance of built environment education for young people.
Eva Matsuzaki is a retired architect. Many of her projects at Arthur Erickson Architects, Matsuzaki Wright Architects, and Matsuzaki Architects were designed and executed in collaboration with Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. Most of these projects were based on the principles of low-tech sustainability, low maintenance, and delight for the users.
Wendy Oberlander is an interdisciplinary artist whose award-winning documentaries have screened across North America and Europe. The recipient of numerous grants over the past thirty years, her other projects include site-specific gallery installations and permanent public art projects. Oberlander has taught in diverse settings, including Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Simon Fraser University, prior to joining King David High School.
Bill Pechet holds degrees in Geography, Fine arts and Architecture, and leads an interdisciplinary design and art practice in Vancouver. His plazas, urban lighting, street furnishings, playgrounds, water-parks, cemeteries and public art are all embedded with a commitment to reinforcing the public realm as a space of imagination and inspiration. Projects such as the lighting design for Granville Street, a giant water and fog fountain in Winnipeg, and the pier redevelopment of North Vancouver have been widely celebrated as exceptional experiments in city-making.
About the Built City @MOV 2014/2015: Fashion, Fabrication & Futures in Form series:
Built City @MOV is an annual trio of visually animated conversations, during which city-shaping ideas converge and collide. Thinkers and doers from architecture, planning, design, and other disciplines help us imagine the future of Vancouver.
This year we examine fashion, fabrication, and futures in design and architecture. Where is the line between fashion and innovation? How do the materials we use influence the act of creation in clothing, landscape, and architecture? How do past notions of the future live on and enrich our experience of today’s city?
Built City @MOV is curated and presented in partnership with Architecture Canada. The October 23, 2014 talk is also presented in partnership with the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC. This program is made possible through the support of our major sponsors and institutional funders: Homes & Living Magazine, the City of Vancouver, and the British Columbia Arts Council. We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.