The Great Ditch Reappeared

Turning into an alley from a big banyan tree by the side of the laundry shop, an emergency repair was carried out to remove the fence, and a stone-masonry red brick waterway was accidentally rediscovered. The mud at the bottom of the ditch was churned and unearthed eels, soil lice and turtles…


Is this the reappearance of the fate of the past and present? Imagine that you are the swimming giant eel. Suddenly there is a beam of light and fresh air from the underground covered by the rock wall, fresh moss, and dead branches. Life seems to disappear gradually from death and be reborn, and we can finally get out of this "dear and dirty" dark drain!


The grandfather and grandmother who lived nearby came over and watched, "The eel must be caught and released!" However, the identification of these cultural assets can't keep up with the project after all. The century-old red brick pebble ditch wall was forcibly sealed under the cement, but it also inspired the residents to discuss the big ditch preservation movement, and "nostalgia" implanted in people's mind unexpectedly and indulged in it. The neighbours’ memories of the old Menqianzhen Road flooded all at once. Everyone cleans up the environment of the water ditch, gathers plants for planting, and places floating islands in the water... The big ditch not only remains open but also becomes a waterway connecting residents and nature. The flowers in the community attract butterflies and birds. The new interaction generated thanks to the old memories of the elders and the community services of the students. The urban hydrological memory continues and we also re-encounter the "Miyaqian" town stone masonry big ditch before 1918.

Keywords: Waterways, urban roaming, memory, anthropomorphism, community


Lee, Su-Hsin