// Week 11_Reading Note//

This weeks reading, Anxious Landscapes: From Ruin to Rust by Antoine Picon, discusses the shift in landscapes and connection to nature that we have.  In the past, architecture used nature to create the landscape, highlighting its beauty and acknowledging its existence. Nowadays, the landscape seems to have nothing to do with nature. Technological advancements made it possible for use to not need to rely on nature to shift or create a landscape for us or to realize the connection we have to nature. And as the built environment crumbles and rusts, anxiety kicks in.

It seems as if we knowingly shift and destroy nature so much inside of cities that we need parks and reserved land for people to use to show us this connection to nature that we are losing. Parks are designed to show the beauty of nature but are often located as a destination park that people have to go to. How could we now design new cities or redesign these problems to include nature as part of the city and reconnect people with it.

Our only connection to nature is through consumption as Picon Mentions. The high traffic and circulation areas of a city are in fact shopping centers and garbage dumps. The anxiety that is created by things rusting and falling apart is because of the lost connection we have to nature. We don’t even realize that this process of deterioration is natural.