11 March 2011
Lecture honours landscape architecture pioneer
The life and career of pioneering landscape architect and RMIT University Adjunct Professor, Robin Edmond, will be celebrated through a series of presentations by some of the nation’s top urban designers in a memorial lecture next week.
Adjunct Professor Robin Edmond.
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The free public lecture at RMIT Capitol Theatre on Friday, 18 March, will honour the late Adjunct Professor Edmond’s distinctive contribution to landscape architecture.
Robin Edmond helped shape Melbourne though many large urban projects including the Werribee Zoo, the redevelopment of the Williamstown Rifle Range and the western suburb of Cairnlea.
As principal of HASSELL, his distinguished record of projects covered urban design, housing, tourism, recreation and leisure.
Based in Hong Kong for nine years, he also conducted extensive work in the UK, Middle East and Asia.
Speakers at the memorial lecture will include:
- Chris Seddon, architect, discussing Robin Edmond’s early career, unique vision and contribution as one of the first landscape architects to practise in Hong Kong.
- Jim Holdsworth, architect and urban designer, Director of the Planning Collaborative, on Robin Edmond’s uncanny ability to work across disciplines and his ground-breaking at Ningbo, China, exploring ecologically sustainable design considerations at an urban and regional scale.
- Tony McCormack, Principal Landscape Architect with HASSELL, focusing on the Hong Kong and Sydney years (1976-1990) of Robin Edmond’s career, in particular Ocean Park, Hong Kong, and the Chinese Cultural Garden, Sydney.
- Alun Chapman, Principal, HASSELL, landscape architect and urban Designer, looking at Robin Edmond’s pioneering efforts in the design of ecologically sustainable housing in Williamstown and Cairnlea, in Melbourne.
- Cath Stutterheim, Adjunct Professor at RMIT and Director of SAALA (Stutterheim/Anderson Landscape Architects), on her experience of co-teaching with Robin Edmond and his insight into designing with sea level rise and climate change.
- Professor SueAnne Ware, Professor of Landscape Architecture at RMIT, on the design innovations at Werribee Park Zoo and how Robin Edmond helped others actually see Australian landscapes with a different set of eyes.
The Robin Edmond Memorial Lecture is at RMIT Capitol Theatre, 113 Swanston Street, Melbourne, on Friday, 18 March, from 6pm to 8pm.
RSVP by emailing REmemorialRSVP@rmit.edu.au.