The Mysteries of Machu Picchu with Dr. Lawrence Herzog

The Mysteries of Machu Picchu with Dr. Lawrence Herzog


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Known for most of the last century as the ""Lost City of the Incas"" (the title of a book by Yale professor and explorer Hiram Bingham), Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was declared in 2007 to be one of the ""New Seven Wonders of the World"", via a global survey by a Swiss foundation. This conversation will explore Machu Picchu in-depth, from its impressive architecture to the history of the Inca, and the nature of Inca urban design. We will address the ultimate mystery of Machu Picchu: why did the Incas choose to build such a glorious citadel so far removed and so hidden from view?

At nearly 8000 feet in elevation, towering majestically over the Urubamba River on the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains of Peru, Machu Picchu is truly one of the great iconic architectural sites on the planet. Together, we will look at the architectural significance of this city, in the context of the larger evolution of Inca culture and settlement, from their capital in the highlands of southern Peru to the far reaches of what was called (in Quechua, the language of the Incas) Tawantinsuyu, or "Land of Four Quarters". This huge region extended south to present-day Chile, north to Ecuador, and from the Pacific Ocean to the Amazon region in the east.

In this seminar, urban design scholar and author Dr. Lawrence Herzog will explore the history of Inca culture, its main achievements in city building, and the nature of Inca urban design. We'll discuss the larger context of Inca settlement geography, including their capital in Cuzco. Finally, we will revisit Machu Picchu, deconstructing the myth of the "lost city of the Incas," and explore the site itself, including its key architectural elements. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an all-rounded understanding of the significance of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lawrence A. Herzog, Ph.D., is a writer, photographer, international consultant, and lecturer in urban design and city planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of California, San Diego; he was professor of urban planning and design at San Diego State University, California from 1989-2019. For more than 30 years, Herzog has taught courses on urban and environmental design, history of architecture/cities, sustainable development, and city planning. He specializes in Latin American and Mediterranean cities, has lived and taught in universities in Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Italy and Spain, and served as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Embassy, and the American Institute of Architects. Herzog’s lectures on the “Power of Place” combine his interests in architecture, public art, history of architecture, cultural landscapes and design. Author and editor of eleven books on architecture and design, Herzog is also a freelance writer and photographer.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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M.G.
Great Course!

I thought this lecture on Machu Picchu was one of the best Context lectures I've heard. Loved the outside video clips and wealth of detail.

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N.J.G.
A Top Notch Tour

Dr. Herzog’s tour of the history, temples, and natural beauty of this incredible site was top notch! Context should offer it frequently.

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L.T.
Macchu Picchu

This seminar was a comprehensive overview of the history of Machu Picchu along with facts and geography. The talk was very well organized and the photos and videos were excellent.

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L.O.
Machu Picchu

I enjoyed the talk on Machu Picchu but felt that Dr. Herzog was not as knowledgeable about the cultural aspects and other time sensitive material as in other lecture.
Maybe I was spoiled by the talk on the walled cities of Tuscany. That was fabulous.
What can I do if I have signed up for another talk but won’t be able to sign in at the scheduled time?
Thx,
Lisa

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Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
43%
(3)
0%
(0)
43%
(3)
0%
(0)
14%
(1)
M
M.G.
Great Course!

I thought this lecture on Machu Picchu was one of the best Context lectures I've heard. Loved the outside video clips and wealth of detail.

N
N.J.G.
A Top Notch Tour

Dr. Herzog’s tour of the history, temples, and natural beauty of this incredible site was top notch! Context should offer it frequently.

L
L.T.
Macchu Picchu

This seminar was a comprehensive overview of the history of Machu Picchu along with facts and geography. The talk was very well organized and the photos and videos were excellent.

L
L.O.
Machu Picchu

I enjoyed the talk on Machu Picchu but felt that Dr. Herzog was not as knowledgeable about the cultural aspects and other time sensitive material as in other lecture.
Maybe I was spoiled by the talk on the walled cities of Tuscany. That was fabulous.
What can I do if I have signed up for another talk but won’t be able to sign in at the scheduled time?
Thx,
Lisa

A
A.

Guest did not leave comment