Len Puglisi in his study
Len Puglisi in his study

The Study

Podcast No. 13: Interview with A. (Len) Puglisi

by Craig Robertson

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Podcast No.13: Len Puglisi (14.4 Mb mpeg-4; 60 minutes)

Len Puglisi is a retired lawyer and urban planner who is also an environmentalist. He has an interesting story that shows how, if you have a propensity for the life of the mind, an interest in ideas, then nothing can stop it developing. He grew up in a Sicilian (Filicudi) fruiterer's household and eventually got to university, studied and practised law for fifteen years and then transferred, after further study, into urban planning positions where he worked for some 25 years. Urban planning in turn led to an increasing involvment with environmentalism. Len writes and publishes papers on his interests and a downloadable selection of these is listed below. This interview © Copyright Len Puglisi & Craig Robertson, 2010.

This podcast includes my two regular themes:
Introduction and final announcements: Prelude from J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C, Book 1, BWV846, played by Ronald Farren-Price, from his album Reflections, courtesy of Move Records © 1993
Prelude to the section "In my study": a movement from G.F. Handel: Suite No. 5 in E major, played by Elizabeth Anderson on her album The Convict Harpsichordist, also courtesy of Move Records © 2003

In my study: notes on human evolution and civilization; see In my study No.13. This is slightly longer version than the notes in Len's podcast; but nothing like long enough to deal with this subject, which I hope to look at again in the future. (5.2 Mb mp3 file; 5' 41") Adventures of Ideas by A.N. Whitehead (Cambridge University Press, 1933).

These days in his writing, Len pursues three main themes:
1. Nature and city: will nature and cities continue to diverge or is there an alternative to this happening further?
2. Religion and ecology: can the study of these in Australia occur in a way that will reinforce their overlap, in the spirit urged by Edward O. Wilson, Thomas Berry and other leading advocates?
3. Unearthing examples of community development that seek to advance the sentiments of 1 & 2 - as alternatives to Mainstream's dominant economic growth ethos.
Golden Years - Grounds for Hope: Father Golden and the Newman Society 1950-1966

Papers and articles by Len Puglisi:

Both Len and Marilyn Puglisi have contributed reminiscences and reflections to Golden Years - Grounds for Hope: Father Golden and the Newman Society 1950-1966 edited by Val Noone, with Terry Blake, Mary Doyle and Helen Praetz (Golden Project, Melbourne, 2008). (Another of our podcasters, Geoff Lacey, is also a contributor to this project.) To obtain a copy of this publication contact: Len Puglisi, 1 Balmoral Court, Burwood East, Vic. 3151, Australia; Tel. +61 (0)3 9803 8216. Len has made available two papers presenting this material:

From little things, big things grow - well maybe not just yet (96 Kb)
Father Golden: The Person, the Context and Spirituality (1954-1960) (84 Kb)

Other publications include:

Rack 'em and stack 'em: a silly solution to population growth by Peter Fisher and Len Puglisi, The Age (Melbourne newspaper), 18 March 2010.

Buying time: City growth and concealed environmental problems by Peter Fisher, PhD and A. (Len) Puglisi; paper presented to State of Australian Cities Conference, Parramatta, 4 - 6 December, 2003. (204 Kb)

Going native and productive on the home "patch" - City residents too can "repair the land" reprinted from the Newsletter of the CSIRO Sustainability Network, June, 2005 (892 Kb)

Nature's home or growth engine: Whereto the city? published in New Community Quarterly, v.7, n.3, Spring 2009. (148 Kb)

Nature and Society, Nature and City published in the April-May 2010 issue of the Canberra-based, Nature and Society Forum. (72 Kb)

Urban Reader: contents Companion Readings and Updates for Nature's home or growth engine: Whereto the city? Course for Borderlands Cooperative. (108 Kb) (To obtain the full text of the reader please contact Len Puglisi via the above address or telephone number.)

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