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    2015.02 Living Slowly—Agricultrual Landscape in City

    For thousands years, China has been found on agriculture. Agricultural landscape is the basic feature of our land, and it is also our most concern. But the most common thing is usually the one that will be ignored and neglected, which is so called “pay no attention to a familiar sight”. So, when we mention agricultural landscape, it seems that we are discussing something that we are unfamiliar with. In fact, we seldom teach anything about “agricultural landscape” in our landscape or landscape architecture education. In traditional culture, we have Tao Yuan-ming, a great poet who ardently loved countryside and eulogized “agricultural landscape”. Thus, we have pastoral poem and rural aesthetic, which come down in one continuous line. However, Ji Cheng (landscape gardener in Ming Dynasty), the gardener after him and plenty of owners, or the “masters”, they immensely interested in that bizarrerie and exquisite garden. There is a meaningful detail in A Dream of Red Mansions: Jia Zheng has ordered to build a Daoxiang Village in the Grandeur Garden, this can be regarded as the “agricultural landscape” built in garden, which, however, was comment as “farfetched” and “looks like not belong to the Grandeur Garden” by Jia Pao-yu. The landscape idea in this passage, messieurs might as well find to read and have some consideration. I will not go into details. Another point to differentiate, when someone speak of something from countryside, they prefer to use the word “primitive ecology”. One should know that crops and fields are product by people, it is not nature itself. Compared to more artificialized city, it might be called “the second nature”; but the “primitive” in real “primitive ecology”, it is only the result of comparison.