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Rural Face, Urban Mask: Architecture of Communal Form and Collective Practice in Two Chinese Villages from 2010 to 2015

Rural Face, Urban Mask: Architecture of Communal Form and Collective Practice in Two Chinese... Abstract“Rural reconstruction” has become an important and much-discussed theme within Chinese architectural practice and academia in recent years. The approach adopted by architects and intellectuals in this field tends to be oriented towards humanitarian service and cultural production. In this study I argue that not enough attention is being given to the kinds of social production and communal form that are typically constructed through collective building and economic practices in Chinese villages. This paper compares the approaches to village revitalization taken by two recent architectural projects in two Chinese villages, both attempt to give fresh meaning to the old word “commune.” By examining the extent to which input from creative outsiders can reconfirm or reinvent the value and potential of “commune” in their efforts to effect socio-cultural transformation in Chinese villages, my conclusion is that architecture in Chinese villages needs to work with more communal forms of collective practice in order to achieve a more socially resilient rural reconstruction. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

Rural Face, Urban Mask: Architecture of Communal Form and Collective Practice in Two Chinese Villages from 2010 to 2015

Architecture and Culture , Volume 5 (1): 20 – Jan 2, 2017

Rural Face, Urban Mask: Architecture of Communal Form and Collective Practice in Two Chinese Villages from 2010 to 2015

Architecture and Culture , Volume 5 (1): 20 – Jan 2, 2017

Abstract

Abstract“Rural reconstruction” has become an important and much-discussed theme within Chinese architectural practice and academia in recent years. The approach adopted by architects and intellectuals in this field tends to be oriented towards humanitarian service and cultural production. In this study I argue that not enough attention is being given to the kinds of social production and communal form that are typically constructed through collective building and economic practices in Chinese villages. This paper compares the approaches to village revitalization taken by two recent architectural projects in two Chinese villages, both attempt to give fresh meaning to the old word “commune.” By examining the extent to which input from creative outsiders can reconfirm or reinvent the value and potential of “commune” in their efforts to effect socio-cultural transformation in Chinese villages, my conclusion is that architecture in Chinese villages needs to work with more communal forms of collective practice in order to achieve a more socially resilient rural reconstruction.

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
2050-7836
eISSN
2050-7828
DOI
10.1080/20507828.2017.1283124
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Abstract

Abstract“Rural reconstruction” has become an important and much-discussed theme within Chinese architectural practice and academia in recent years. The approach adopted by architects and intellectuals in this field tends to be oriented towards humanitarian service and cultural production. In this study I argue that not enough attention is being given to the kinds of social production and communal form that are typically constructed through collective building and economic practices in Chinese villages. This paper compares the approaches to village revitalization taken by two recent architectural projects in two Chinese villages, both attempt to give fresh meaning to the old word “commune.” By examining the extent to which input from creative outsiders can reconfirm or reinvent the value and potential of “commune” in their efforts to effect socio-cultural transformation in Chinese villages, my conclusion is that architecture in Chinese villages needs to work with more communal forms of collective practice in order to achieve a more socially resilient rural reconstruction.

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Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 2, 2017

Keywords: Chinese village; rural reconstruction; social production; collective practice; commune

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