National Park Trips

Last August, on the plane to the United States, I read a book: Landscape Notes. This book is a collection of essays. The author is a teacher, researcher, and designer of landscape architecture, and the editor-in-chief of the magazine Landscape Architecture. Landscape Architecture is one of the most important academic publications in China. Each issue has a different theme.

As the editor-in-chief of this magazine, the author has to write the first line of each issue of the magazine.

There is a short article in the book which named what kind of national park do we need.

The author mentioned that there are two things in the United States that are difficult for other countries in the world to surpass. The first is American universities. Beautiful and open universities gather scholars and students from all over the world. These universities are a gathering place for new ideas and many technologies. The other is the national parks of the United States. This system effectively protects the unique natural scenery and cultural heritage of the United States and welcomes people from all over the world to appreciate it.

During my more than a year in the United States, I used holidays and weekends to visit almost all the national parks on the West Coast, from Joshua Tree National Park in California to Glacier Nation Park in Montana.

Unlike traveling in other places, American National Parks provide visitors with an unprecedented sense of participation. This sense of participation is different in each national park.

Nov. 10 2019 Yosemite

In Yosemite, we can talk with mountains.

Dec.25. 2019 Death Valley

In Death Valley, we can talk with the desert.

June 30, 2020, Zion National Park

In Capitol Reef National Park we can talk with red soil.

July 5 2020 Glacier National Park

In Glacier National Park National Park we can talk with lakes and mountains.

July 20 2020 Yellow Stone National Park

In Yellow Stone National Park we can talk with Bisons and spring.

These travel experiences not only let me appreciate the natural beauty but also let me learn some information about how the national park system works. In 2019, China’s urbanization rate exceeded 60%, and the following construction will slowly spread from the city to the countryside, and then to the natural landscape planning. These trips have inspired me a lot for my future practice.

As Le Corbusier mentioned in the frontispiece of The Complete Works of Corbusier.

How am I to enrich our creative powers? Not by subscribing to architectural reviews, but by undertaking voyages of discovery into the inexhaustible domain of Nature! — — — — — Le Corbusier 23 september 1936

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Landscape architecture is the profession that invented the urban park system. But it has also been a tool for racist displacement and elitism. Can it be anti-racist? Can it help humanity adapt to changing climates? Discuss.

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