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Landsc. Archit. Front.    2019, Vol. 7 Issue (4) : 139-149     https://doi.org/10.15302/J-LAF-1-050005
EXPERIMENTS & PROCESSES
In-Between Waters /Intercepting Wetness: Inventing Rain in the Mining Landscape of Shanxi Province, China
Jieru (Hedy) HE()
Landscape Architect, Member of XL Research and Innovation Lab, SWA Group; Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
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Abstract

Under the background of imposing engineered structures, including reservoirs and inter-basin water transfer infrastructures, being applied to solve drought caused by coal mining in Shanxi Province of China and floods caused by mineral mining in Western Ghats of India, the author reviews the intrinsic reason of water problems and recommends a water management solution that is design on “rain before floods” and “fields of wetness before flows of water.” Most magnificent engineered infrastructures are designed upon an idea of separating water from its milieu, thus becoming contained flows in pipes, channels, and reservoirs to solve water problems. To compensate for the shortage of existing water infrastructures, the author suggests gathering a regional-level landscape capacity for building “wetness” of resilience when facing problems of “water” in extremities. This is a radical shift compared with a problem-solving approach, as engineering does, to one that is grounded in landscape and uncovers opportunities.

The landscape research and design project introduced in this article aims to provide an alternative future for Shanxi Province, China, which seems arid and is challenged by monodevelopment mode. The research and design within the project are across four nested scales. A landscape infrastructure of intercepting wetness is taken as an underlying thread which initiates intertwined ecological, programmatic, temporal and material trajectories. On the other hand, the project demonstrates research, representation, design, and planning can actually inform one another, and the design remains open and adaptive to its changing environments.

Keywords Mining Landscape      Drought      Watershed Management      Landscape Infrastructure      Wetness      Sectional Representation     
Corresponding Authors: Jieru (Hedy) HE   
Issue Date: 23 September 2019
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Jieru (Hedy) HE. In-Between Waters /Intercepting Wetness: Inventing Rain in the Mining Landscape of Shanxi Province, China[J]. Landsc. Archit. Front., 2019, 7(4): 139-149.
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http://journal.hep.com.cn/laf/EN/Y2019/V7/I4/139
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