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“A Great Functioning Whole”: Urban Design and Emergent Environmentalism in San Francisco’s Panhandle Freeway Debates, 1959–66

March 15, 2017 | Margot Lystra

Alternative G, San Francisco Panhandle Parkway and Crosstown Tunnel: Technical Report, California Division of Highways, March 1964, 39. San Francisco Public Library.

Margot Lystra is a PhD candidate in the history of architecture and urban development at Cornell University, and holds a master of landscape architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a bachelor of arts in biology from Swarthmore College. She has taught landscape architectural design, representation, and theory at California Polytechnic State University—San Luis Obispo and University of Detroit Mercy. Her work has been published in Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed LandscapesJournal of Design History, and The Next American City. As a designer she has worked for CMG Landscape Architecture, the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, and various San Francisco–based landscape architecture firms.