As a continuation of the ‘Building a New Socialist Countryside’ programme of 2006, developed against the backdrop of rural unrest and the urgent need to secure food production, this drive attempts to reverse the migration of the rural populace to the city, uplift the living standards in the rural areas, and to safeguard farmland from further speculative developments. This is now manifest in the demolition and reconstruction of sub-standard housing in villages, and the wholesale demolition and merging together of several village, to share new communal amenities, as an approximation of life in the city.
The project enhances the idea that urbanization in the Hinterland shouldn’t be approached as a place of contestation and density, but an horizontal and spread network. This is translated a capturing the lifesteile of the traditional village and their intrinsic values of collectivity, by using the Chinese courtyard house as a unit. A urbanization that is made of pavilions that connect to form a network. A network that even though looks homogeneous it contains extreme diversity in its spaces. This urbanization in the countryside is thought to introduce new economic drivers while also taking in account the cultural importance of the agriculture.

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