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Landscape Architecture Frontiers

Landsc. Archit. Front.    2019, Vol. 7 Issue (4) : 4-9     https://doi.org/10.15302/J-LAF-1-010003
EDITORIAL
AL-ULA OASIS AND THE LOST CIVILIZATION
Kongjian YU
Doctor of Design at Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; Honorary Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Professor of College of Architecture and Landscape, Peking University
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Abstract

This article firstly explores how Al-Ula, an ancient city in northwestern Arabian Peninsula, thrived historically despite little rainfall, and reviews the historic civilizations ruled this oasis. Then, it points out that the misuse of limited water resource degraded the environmental capacity of the oasis, resulting in the imbalance between humans and the land and eventually the decline of civilizations. Finally, the article concludes that the oasis and the watershed it depends on is an integral system, whose lifeblood is maintained by water cycle restoration. It is also one of the key tasks of Landscape Architecture to explore ecological restoration and sustainable management of watershed in the sense of hydrology.

Keywords World Cultural Heritage      Al-Ula      Oasis      Civilization      Watershed     
Issue Date: 23 September 2019
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Kongjian YU. AL-ULA OASIS AND THE LOST CIVILIZATION[J]. Landsc. Archit. Front., 2019, 7(4): 4-9.
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http://journal.hep.com.cn/laf/EN/10.15302/J-LAF-1-010003
http://journal.hep.com.cn/laf/EN/Y2019/V7/I4/4
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