In response to the report in The Age yesterday
"YOUR report will cause anguish to staff, students and alumni of the faculty of architecture, which now loses one of its few remaining original thinkers and public polemicists.
But it will not cause surprise. The "Melbourne model" requires the relentless pursuit of mediocrity and the routing out of any independent intellects from the university. Research is to be tailored to the requirements of government and industry bodies prepared to pay for it. Undergraduate teaching is to be reduced to the lowest common denominator defined by fee-paying non-English-speaking students. Giant classes will be taught sententious cliches and Wikipedia knowledge by the most junior members of staff.
A decade or two ago, the university accepted that academics in the public domain, like journalists, would cop the occasional complaint or writ. The university would support them and fund their defence. Now it requires a mere complaint, and the university launches a secret hatchet job.
If I write with passion it is because I can say, with no pleasure but some pride, that I have been hounded by some of the same grey apparatchiks who have sunk their fangs into Dr Mees.
Miles Lewis, faculty of architecture, University of Melbourne"