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The Logic of “Lucid Water s and Lush Mountai ns are Invaluable Assets”
Kongjian Yu
Landsc. Archit. Front.    2018, 6 (6): 1-6.
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Bamei, Yunnan is probably the last remaining “Peach Blossom Spring” in China, where rich fields and beautiful ponds are surrounded by mountains accessed only by boat, and people there live in peace and contentment. Although this is its reputation, when I last visited, it had changed beyond recognition. The reason may be that interest-driven developers and engineering companies have pursued local development, erasing so-called “economic benefits.” The pursuit of economic interests alone should not be blamed. Rather, understanding ecology and beauty together is the guarantee of further and greater economic benefits.

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On Thinking Glo bally and Acting Locally
Kongjian Yu
Landsc. Archit. Front.    2018, 6 (1): 4-7.
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Local peasants have created unbelievably magnificent terraced landscapes using simple tools through cultivation, self-sufficiency, water conservation, and awe for the God of Earth. Before large machinery became the standard for industrial civilizations, the landscape had been shaped using only simple tools and had lasted for over thousands of years. This was benefited from simple technologies that maintained a harmonious relationship with the land, even if it was forced to. Industrial civilization, however, has created an antagonistic relationship between humans and land, brought about by consumerism. The excessive use of industrial machinery has also caused irreversible harm to the land. If these conditions are not changed, the landscape — an objective presentation of subjective thinking — will surely move beyond redemption.

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On Landscape Criticism
Kongjian YU
Landsc. Archit. Front.    2017, 5 (6): 4-7.
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Landsc. Archit. Front.    2017, 5 (4): 0.
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Sharing City
Kongjian YU
Landsc. Archit. Front.    2017, 5 (3): 4-7.
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The increase in shared bicycles has required swift and adaptive responses to design and management of the urban landscape. This image shows shared bicycles taking up a large amount of pedestrian space, while the urban green belt continues to unevenly consume urban resources, failing to provide the sharing city more services. Such a reality is a challenge not only to the design and management process, but also to our values.

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