Contemplative Studies Centre at the University of Melbourne
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Please join us for the final Dean’s Lecture for 2023, Landscape Architects Chloe and Michael Humphreys from The Landscape Studio who will outline their unique approach to each project which is driven by careful observation and an in-depth understanding of a sense of place.
This directly informs both their design process and the implementation of their practice’s projects. Through the presentation of three projects, one in Kenya, one in Uganda, and one in Tanzania, they will share the stories of how they seek to embrace and celebrate a sense of place, trying to keep carefully in tune with the true identities of their project sites.
This is explored through the understanding of the wider landscape, cultural differences, and local plant and hardscape pallets.
Please join us for the 2023 Miles Lewis Oration with Dr Rosemary Hill.
Stonehenge, one of the most recognisable megalithic structures in the world, continues to fascinate. Its appeal endures because it satisfies two fundamental human desires at once –the thirst for knowledge and the love of mystery. Over the centuries much has been discovered about when it was built and how, but the greater question, why, remains. We have no idea –or rather we have many conflicting ideas- about what Stonehenge is and what it meant to its creators. It has been studied by architects and antiquaries, mystics, poets and Charles Darwin. To each age and each individual it has reflected back their own preoccupations and these in turn have had considerable consequences.
Theories about Stonehenge lie behind Inigo Jones’s replanning of London and beneath the city of Bath as Jane Austen knew it. Revisions to the Criminal Justice Act, the revival of Druidry, the new town of Milton Keynes and the cult horror film The Wicker Man all bear witness to the enduring influence of Stonehenge and to echoes of the prehistoric within historic time.
Dr Hill is supported by the Miles Lewis Fellowship at the Faculty of Architecure, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. The Miles Lewis Fellowship has been made possible by the generous support of the Vera Moore Foundation, in recognition of the esteemed career of Professor Miles Lewis AM.