A Landscape for Learning

A History of the Grounds of the University of Western Australia

By George Seddon, Gillian Lilleyman

The University of Western Australia campus is one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful, of university campuses in Australia. This book documents the history of the university grounds, and its design, management, and landscape evolution. A Landscape for Learning is a reminder of the very rich educational resource the grounds can offer - in botany, ecology, landscape design, and social history. The book also looks at the changes in landscape design over the decades and the driving forces behind them. Changing physical resources including fluctuations in water availability, the story of individuals involved in the development of the grounds, and the varying demands of a growing institution are covered. The University of Western Australia has been a major focus of civic pride over the years, a magnet for tour buses, and a communal resource which has changed through time to something rather different - a major research institute with a largely international focus. All of this is reflected in the physical history. In addition to the historical overview, the book includes sections on areas of special interest such as the Sunken Garden, Somerville Auditorium, and Japanese Garden. It is illustrated throughout with color and black and white images.

196 pages

Publication Date: 9/1/2006
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781920694517