The Bible and Landscape Urbanism

The basic principle of Landscape Urbanism is illustrated by the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders

The basic principle of Landscape Urbanism is illustrated by the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders

Too often, landscape urbanism is explained in the difficult language of structuralist and post-structuralist philosophy. It can also be explained, in Biblical language. The Parable of the Wise and the Foolish Builders  (The Bible, Luke 6:46-49 and Matthew 7:24–27) illustrates the fact that good landscape planning must inform and support  urban development – or great will be the fall of it.

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;

For the background to the above illustration, please see 2:38ff on this video:

Tom Turner

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