Inspired by Travel: The Timeless Landscapes of Western China Part II
In my previous post, I discussed how the sacred wilderness, with its vast scale and ever-changing beauty completely astonished the group I was traveling with. However, throughout the trip I was even more interested in the gently constructed land that over the years was carefully transformed by human activities. More often than not we tend to think of the cities we live in and the wilderness as separate entities, but the residents of the remote landscape I visited live as one with nature. To live in an unpredictable landscape, and in relatively primitive conditions, they have to understand the landscape and its logic on a geological scale. Thus, they can build roads and villages, cultivate and farm, and settle or move—above all, they can shape the form of the landscape
Our profession transforms landscapes in a more deliberate way. We draw inspiration from society and nature to create a more cohesive and functional environment. We often envision alternate living experiences for people and we constantly strive to combine economic and ecological sustainability. It is necessary to see beyond the immediate scale of the site, and understand the multiple layers and systems at work within a landscape.