5 ways to interrogate, be inspired and learn from the landscape architecture drawings at MERL

On: Wednesday 23 May 2018, 5-8pm

At: Small Lecture Theatre, Department of Architecture & Landscape, University of Greenwich,10 Stockwell St, London SE10 9BD

5.15-6.00pm - FOLAR AGM – all welcome
6.30-8.00pm Talk: Five Ways to interrogate, be inspired and learn from the Landscape Architecture Drawings at MERL, University of Reading
• Guy Baxter, Associate Director (Archive Services), University of Reading, MERL
• Marylla Hunt, landscape architect
• Oliver Rock landscape architect, Senior Associate HTA
• Colin Moore landscape architect
• Karen Fitzsimon, landscape architect, horticulturalist and landscape historian
Chaired by Tony Edwards landscape architect, director of Place Design and Planning
Why bother keeping drawings? When the project is built and the liability period is timed out, who is going to be interested in these images? But what if the project was the Olympic Park and those records weren’t kept? Or a landscape designed by Kathryn Gustafson or Martha Schwartz, or Geoffrey Jellicoe, one of the founders of the Landscape Institute? What sort of stories and information does the archive reveal?
Each speaker will each offer a ten minute tantalising insight into the Landscape Institute archive at MERL, its uses and opportunities, how to dig into it, and how it can inspire our work today.

This is a free event and all welcome, especially new members and all students please book free Eventbrite ticket

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Our Objectives


support MERL maintain and grow the landscape collections in their care


promote the landscape collections deposited at MERL to a wider audience


encourage the landscape profession to value its own archival record


advise about landscape architecture and its associated professions.