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