The Legacy of Peter Oberlander

October 5, 2009 at 3:18 pm Leave a comment

The media in the last few days have given a prominent place to a planning professor.  Wrote The Province:

Peter Oberlander, Canada’s first professor of urban planning, has been awarded a prestigious United Nations prize for his life’s work.

Oberlander will be honoured post-humously Monday with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme’s 2009 Scroll of Honour Award, the most significant human settlements award in the world. Monday is designated World Habitat Day.

Well-deserved!  Peter Oberlander’s contribution to the world, and especially Vancouver, is profound.  Including, by one degree of separation, the City Program.

“The entire Oberlander family is really delighted to see Peter recognized in this way for his many years of contributions to improving housing conditions around the world,” said daughter Judy Oberlander, who founded the SFU City Program on Urban Issues.

We’d like to hope that the City Program today is very much in the spirit of Peter Oberlander’s work.

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