World Landscape of the Year 2017 teaches people about China's farming history, says Turenscape

The Chinese rice farm that was recently named World Landscape of the Year is designed to teach people about traditional agriculture, according to Stanley Lung of landscape architecture firm Turenscape. 

Located in China’s Hunan Province, the farm forms part of the Chengtoushan Archaeological Park. It features a network of pathways that allow visitors to walk freely through paddy fields, observing farmers at work.

The project was named World Landscape of the Year 2017 at this year’s World Architecture Festival, which took place in Berlin last month.

In this movie filmed by Dezeen, Stanley Lung of Turenscape explains how the park was designed as an “outdoor rice museum”, paying tribute to the 6,500-year history of this farming area.

It invites visitors to participate in agricultural activities, by allowing them to get involved in planting and harvesting crops.

“We want the younger generation to take away from this project, its learning about where food is coming from, knowing your ancestor, knowing the ancient civilisation, knowing the importance of agriculture,” says Lung.

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