This six-part blog series investigates the reasons why we have fallen out of love with soil (or at the very least taken it for granted) and how we can rekindle that relationship through an amended approach to the design and construction of our everyday places.
Soil and the City, Episode 3: Sorry Soil, It's Not You, It's Us – The Break Up
We're just not that into you. Can we still be friends?
It's clear we've hit a rocky part of this well traveled road. We've dredged up our history, sifted through the emotional baggage and clearly we just keep pushing soil away. At best, we take it for granted and at worst, we actively engage in its destruction.
Relationships are complicated and sometimes we do and say things we regret. Is soil just too hard to understand?
Not really. Let's be honest – it's us.
Digging through our relationship story we see that ages ago we had to understand soil because we needed it to survive.
As time progressed we invented mechanized processes to make life easier and support larger populations. The Industrial Revolution created the worldview that our reality consists of parts that can be dissected, reconstructed and understood in isolation of each other. This thinking supports materialism, reductionism and ultimately fragmentation: a rift in our connection to environments and each other.