Kahn’s companion looks back at her life and work in landscape

Harriet Pattison film joins oral history project

Harriet Pattison, former companion of Louis Kahn, is the latest voice to be added to the Pioneers of American Landscape Design oral history project.

In a series of short interview clips filmed by America's Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), Pattison, now in her 80s, talks about her life and work, from growing up in Chicago and her relationship with Kahn (with whom she had a son, filmmaker Nathaniel) to works including the Hershey hq in Pennsylvania and collaborations on Kimbell Art Museum at Fort Worth and Kahn's Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park in New York.

The interview also explores her personal relationship with landscape – which she describes as an 'ephemeral art' – the thrilling and transformative powers of green landscape and the inspiration of plants. She also talks at length about one of her favourite landscapes: Vaux-le-Vicomte in France.

Pattison is the 13th oral history in the TCLF series. Others include Nicholas Quennell, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Lawrence Halprin, and Richard Haag. Watch them all here

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