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I appreciate what Sutong shared in her post named Landscape Urbanism. You briefly introduced us when and how Landscape Urbanismemerged and shared us four representative cases representing three different strategies of landscape urbanism, including regeneration of post-industrial sites, integration of transportation and public space, and revitalisation of derelict urban space and infrastructure.

What I want to discuss with you is the scale of Landscape Urbanism. Tom Turner (2014) summarized the ten characteristics of landscape urbanism, the first one of which is that “landscape urbanism does not belong to a specific scale”. So when discussing landscape urbanism or studying the relevant precedents, both small and large-scale projects are included. As you have shared those macro-scale projects in your post, I want to share a micro-scale project in China, named Community Garden, led by Professor Yuelai Liu, Tongji University, China. Community garden is one type of urban green space, playing an active role in sustainable development, community building and natural environment (Liu, 2017). In addition, it is an effective approach to renew micro urban space (Liu, 2016).

Community garden is always managed and designed by local residents, located at the negative space in community. Thegoal of community garden is to enhance the relationship between not only the human and nature but also human beings (Liu, 2017). Micro landscape can create micro climate or improve the public space (Fig.1). The sense of community was enhanced by a series of community activities that children, individual, and enterprise are involved in (Fig.2).

Fig.1 Community Garden Located at Negative Space (Source: Liu, 2016)
Fig.2 Community Garden based on Multi-participation (Source: Liu, 2017)

Apart from community garden, in my second blog I shared a case about rural landscape. Although rural areas are in opposite to urban areas, the boundary between those two are gradually blurring, which can be seen from Garden Cityor Urban Village. Therefore, in my opinion, landscape urbanism is an inclusive method to help improve all kinds of built environment, including both wider and smaller scale, as well as both urban and rural areas. Further more, the two cases I shared in this comment and my second blog reveal that landscape urbanism based on public participation is beneficial to community building at least in small projects.

Landscape urbanism is not a familiar idea to me until we took the lecture by Geoff Whitten. I am always trying to know more about this temporary approach to urban design. So it is a delight for me to read your blog and further discuss my thinking with you. Thank you again.

 

 


References:

[1] Turner, T. (2014). Landscape design history & theory: landscape architecture and garden design origins. Published by Gardenvisit.com.

[2] Liu Y.L., Yin K.L., Wei M., Fan H.Y. (2017). Community Garden Practice in High-density Central Cities —A Case Study of KIC Garden and Herb Garden in Shanghai. Beijing, China: Landscape Architecture.

[3] Liu Y.L. (2016). Community Gardening——A New Approach to Free More Micro Urban Space. Shanghai, China: Public Art.

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