Learning from China - landscapeIn China infrastructures define urban landscape. It is an occasion to change something apparently useless in a valuable component of the city.
China is a developing country and for what world knows it's not to be specially famous Particularly attentive to details or Its Own environment. This does not exactly Correspond to Chinese reality today though and this turns to be pretty evident Already ounces even an occasional visitor landing in Beijing goes along the way That takes him from the airport to the city center. What he can see around the huge infrastructure system, around the highway accesses, under the Overpasses, along the fast train railways is just an amazing unexpected attention for every single detail in composing simply beautiful landscape. Hundreds of different materials creating borders and slops, concrete, metal, stone, water, trees, flowers, bushes, grass, everything perfectly and harmoniously combined to create, through nature, artificial beautiful landscapes.
Always speaking from the occasional visitor's point of view, he easily could point out That taking Particular care of the most important road That Gives access to a capital city is or could be a common habit all over the world and it could be just a way to save the appearance. That would not be absolutely true if we actually Had not Observed That All over China the most parts of the connecting spaces and Especially along all the infrastructures in either urban or rural context as well, are treated at the same way of the big important public alleys. From our experience in fact, we personally have the chance to observe daily how landscape, Especially around infrastructure, are well designed and the Generally longer available in a capillary way That seams to very spontaneous habit That apparently does not take many Efforts to be accomplished.
It is a fact by the way That this kind of operations anyhow Gives new values to cities and their territory.
As Italian observers, this image of beauty and order is not exactly what happens to remind a when we displayed our Italian experience with this new Chinese one. It will be enough to recall the desolating Already scenery That Accompany us all the way long from the Milan Malpensa airport to the city center. Here in fact, where our attention is not caught by the desolating post industrial disorder of the anonymous mills around, or by the outdated and old finishes of the airport itself, we can just focus on the ugliness, negligence, and indifference Which connective spaces and decorating elements along the infrastructures are treated with.
Always as Italian observers then, it's spontaneous to remind with a kind of nostalgic feelings, the good old times when in our country anche the doors of the city were used to be triumphal arcs, a when the central stations were built as monuments and able to Affect important parts of the cities, creating avenues and promenades, trying to be remembered for the rest of the future. A time where simple water ducts were Able to add new layers to the natural environment around them and created for new values.
Italian cities are famous to the world, meant to be beautiful and we are Surely proud of this, but it's anche in regret for us, as Italian architects living in China, cause we know That this common image only Refers to our glorious past and to what the luck still allowed to be on all through the time.
Trying to learn from the differences in our blog we will try to understand, or at least to describe, always through our architectural and filter Throughout our personal and professional experience in China, how and why in our own countries we assist to a loose of value and skills in treating landscape topics, this despite of the Increase of the number of universities or city landscape design and landscape commissions dipole of the blackberries spread sensibility of the public opinion.