WUC lecturer interviewed in webinar

January 2020

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

A new webinar, with senior design lecturer Steve Terry, is now available online. In a discussion with Veriditas faculty member Lars Howlett, Steve reveals the story behind Writtle University College's (WUC's) turf labyrinth and explains how labyrinths can be used as a teaching tool in an academic environment. Students learnt how temporary labyrinths made with locally sourced, natural materials can have an impact physically and academically.

Steve says: "Jim Buchanan spent six weeks as our artist-in-residence. At the time, he was interested in the way soil could be used as an artistic medium, its structural qualities and social potential. The turf labyrinth on our campus grounds was one of his legacies to us. The labyrinth became a vehicle for multiple workshops, to help students think creatively and mathematically."

The interview asks how labyrinths can realise their full potential as a common ground for students, faculty, staff, and the public. It explains how WUC tackled these questions to open new avenues in the fields of garden design, placemaking and community engagement. Jim Buchanan's turf labyrinth created as part of a wider symposium sculpting project and highlighted the value of topsoil and subsoil as an artistic medium. 

Jim has been involved with a number of WUC projects over the years; engaging in conferences and contributing to the vibrant academic environment. He returns in January 2020 to introduce an inspiring approach to play spaces.   

The webinar was the fourth session in an on-going series envisioned by the Labyrinths in Higher Education Initiative, led by Irene Plunkett and hosted by Veriditas. Watch it today at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZmurW4JKjE&feature=youtu.be