Greetings from the annual general meeting of the., of the Canberra Chapter of the Walter Burley Griffin Society. Brett Odgers, retiring chair of the Chapter is talking on "Sources in Chicago and comparisons with today's Washington for the Griffin Plan of Canberra". He visited Chicago and Washington recently to search for sources of the Griffin's plan for the Australian National Capital.
The talk started with the Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing, by Renzo Piano. The institute referrers back to the World's Columbian Exposition. The Midway Plaisance of the exposition was the inspiration for Anzac parade in Canberra, ending with what was to be an entertainment venue, but is now the location for the Australian War Memorial.
Emeritus Professor Jill Roe, biographer of Miles Franklin (who knew Marion Mahony Griffin) will present the Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture in mid March 2010.