The Cultivated Wilderness
Date: Monday 10 March 1997
A lecture to coincide with the publication of Paul Shepheards The Cultivated Wilderness (and the accompanying AA exhibition showing a collection of material arising from the research for the book). Shepheard is concerned with seeing things that are too big to see: the wilderness refers to the world before humans appeared, the cultivation to everything we have done to it since our evolution. He uses landscape as an alternative term for the strategies that govern what we do. This emphasis on strategy suggests that landscape as a subject is as fundamental as philosophy or religion. Shepheard graduated from the AA in 1972 and taught in Diploma School until 1982. His subsequent experience in practice and in teaching led to the publication of What is Architecture?, an essay on landscapes, buildings and machines. NB: Slides are often too bright, making it difficult to see the images.
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