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Christopher James Yorath (1879–1932)

Entry 64
Acton, London West, England

Yorath studied engineering at the University of Wales, Cardiff, then worked on municipal engineering projects. By 1913 he was Deputy Engineer to the Acton Borough Engineer. He moved to Canada, and from 1913 to 1921 was Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Saskatoon, in Saskatchewan. In 1921 he became Commissioner in Edmonton, Alberta.

This plan employs rigid geometry in the form of concentric squares. The houses of parliament are set in the middle of two concentric circles, with major federal buildings around the circle. There are rectangular ranges of ‘Commercial’, and ‘First, Second and Third Class Residential’ blocks to the northwest. A circular lake interrupts the rectangular scheme on the southeast side. Appealing as an abstract composition, this design is impractical as a city plan.

 
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