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Lecture: "Led by the Land," Kim Wilkie (UC Berkeley, 11/5)

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  • Asha Weinstein Agrawal
    [From http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/events/calendar/lectures#7a] Monday, November 5, 2012 6:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley Kim Wilkie Kim Wilkie
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 24, 2012
      [From http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/events/calendar/lectures#7a%5d

      Monday, November 5, 2012
      6:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley

      Kim Wilkie
      Kim Wilkie Associates, United Kingdom

      Kim Wilkie had an intense introduction to landscape. He grew up in the
      Malaysian jungle and Iraqi desert before being sent to school in
      southern England. Having studied history at Oxford and landscape
      architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, Kim set up his
      landscape studio in London in 1989. He is fascinated by the link
      between land and culture and between memory and imagination. Kim
      continues to lecture on design; writes optimistically about land and
      place; and meddles in various national committees on landscape and
      environmental policy in the UK, which have included the Mayor of
      London’s Public Realm Advisory Group and the Royal Parks Advisory
      Board. His book Led by the Land was published in 2012. The practice
      has a reputation for bold new designs in complex settings and has just
      completed the Orpheus landform at Boughton. In London, projects
      include the Chelsea Barracks redevelopment, the Thames Landscape
      Strategy, the V&A Museum Garden, Hyde Park Corner and projects for
      Imperial College. Abroad, Kim is working for New York University at
      Villa La Pietra in Florence and for Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia.

      Led by the Land explores the relationship between land, water and
      life; a subtle cohabitation that creates landscape. Kim Wilkie will
      speak about his philosophy of land and human settlement, illustrating
      the ideas with examples of his work. Alongside all the practical
      issues of surviving on the planet, it is important to infuse a spirit
      of joy detonated by memory and imagination. Kim will show how ancient
      traditions of sculpting the land can inspire new forms and meanings at
      the same time as creating habitats for wildlife and spaces for
      theatre.
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