I keep driving past this old ruined farmhouse near Milton in South Otago, New Zealand. Early this month I was able to stop and take a look. With the wisteria in bloom, it really does draw one in to an earlier time.
The people are gone
The plant is still there
The plant is the life of the building
When we construct landscape, its essential for human well-being to include old, ruined falling-apart things into new spaces.
When we erase the past and start completely afresh, people lose their bearings and sense of self.
What Time is this Place? by Kevin Lynch (MIT Press, 1972)
To explore ideas about integrating time into landscape I strongly recommend reading the above book. It truly is a mind-opening read!