Title:United States: Farm Security Administration, 1938-1942
Creator/Contributor:Eckbo, Garrett, Landscape Architect
United States. Farm Security Administration, Client
Public spaces--Design and plans
United States. Farm Security Administration
Eckbo joined the FSA in 1938 after a brief stint working for Thomas Church, the renowned California landscape architect. The FSA attracted dozens of talented designers and contracted with many established firms to create a "regionalist" community architecture to house, first, migrant workers and, later, defense workers. The migrant and defense communities were so large and arrived so suddenly that housing had to be designed for constructing in a matter of days, if not hours. Because of the need for mass housing, vast tracts of land were cleared and standardized, often prefabricated buildings put up as quickly as possible. Eckbo worked on nearly 50 of these types of camps in the four years of his FSA employment. Because many of the camps were located in extreme climactic regions, Eckbo's designs for the landscape incorporated shade-giving and wind-breaking trees, varied plantings to break up the monotony of the housing stock, and community areas and playgrounds to compensate for a lack of private yards and gardens. Eckbo's landscape designs made the each camp seem less like transient housing for a transient population and more like a community with roots and a center
Type:Landscape architecture drawings
2 folders, 40 flat files
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