At the heart of ancient Greek philosophy was a conviction that any architectural intervention must be in harmony with, and respective of nature. The environment was literally a ‘landscape of the gods’. It was a holy place reflecting the character of the genius loci, or guardian spirit. Whether in the mountains, hills, valleys, islands or by the sea it was a builder’s duty to identify the sacred spirit integral to each location. Only after the spirit was divined could a man made structure be introduced into a holy partnership with the topography of the land. The siting of a Greek temple was not a rational, but planned exercise that was part of an emotional process whose implication in our time are only beginning to be comprehended. The temple was meant to collaborate with its surroundings providing an inner balance between man and nature. This has parallels in many Asian cultures.
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Carolyn McDowall FRSA has gained considerable experience and business acumen in her professional career. An independent cultural and social historian, Carolyn is an interior designer by trade. She has been involved in the creative sector for over thirty years in Australia; completing interior design projects, creating and producing innovative corporate and not-for profit (social profit) community events. She has over that time continuously conducted independent research , while designing, developing, and producing educational art and design history programs in conjunction with renowned specialist colleagues.