People might think that our world is more connected mentally and physically than ever, with Facebook and WeChat on the one hand, and ubiquitous highways and pipelines on the other. Actually, it is opposite. We have created a connected world, but such connections are shallow or fake: the landscape matrix and its invisible processes are fragmented and disconnected, more than ever. The true movement or cycles of water, nutrients, food, energy, species and people are broken or disconnected. The invisibly interconnected relationship between air, water, soil, nutrient, species and people are more than ever been harmfully interrupted. The single-minded solution of “connecting” and the fake “connection” is actually the murder of those invisible connections.
Inspired by the ancient Chinese wisdom of peasantry, and using a number recent built projects, Kongjian Yu will discuss the solutions to urban water issues and other interconnected issues such as nutrients recycle, food production, and biodiversity conservation that are symbiotic and ecologically based. Ecological infrastructures, working across the scales, which reconnect and reweave the invisible processes and cycles, is considered as an alternative to single-minded grey infrastructures of connectivity. Here, ‘interconnection’ is always the keyword, but such true connections may not be easily visible, yet they create deep forms.