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CHAMPAIGN, Illinois – TF Tierney, a architecture professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received a research and development grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts to examine Ladera, a 1940s interracial housing co-op in Portola, Calif., and the role federal lending practices played in maintaining racial segregation in the suburbs.
The Chicago-based Graham Foundation supports the development of diverse ideas about architecture and its role in arts, culture and society through competitive project-based grants to individuals and organizations.
Individuals may receive production and presentation grants to carry out a project and its public presentation, and research and development grants to support research-related expenses in the early stages of a project. Tierney’s project is one of 71 selected from 700 proposals in the Class 2021 grant recipients.
Tierney’s research interests focus on contemporary urban planning. She is the founding director of URL: Urban Research Lab, which explores the intersection of networked technologies and the built environment.
His project “Racializing risk: the story of the Ladera housing cooperativeExamines the Federal Housing Administration’s differential lending practices in the 1940s and how they played an important role in the structural institutionalization of segregated suburbs. He examines the Ladera Housing Cooperative, a post-WWII interracial housing cooperative that was envisioned as a socially and environmentally responsible project, designed to be affordable and open to everyone without any membership restrictions.
Tierney’s research will analyze the FHA’s practice of “credit rationing” – government-sponsored discrimination practiced by lending institutions. His hypothesis is that the FHA’s lending practices had the same impact as redlining in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia to maintain racial segregation.
As in postwar California, affordable housing is in short supply today, Tierney said, and the effects of racial segregation persist.
Tierney’s project will result in publications in peer-reviewed planning journals, as well as a podcast featuring interviews with experts in sociology, history and town planning.