From Urban Village to Rural City

Urban villages have always been seen as the urban slum in the Chinese context, which in fact were the epitome and consequence of the rapid urbanisation in China. Migrant workers, a special group of population who live in the urban village with rural background come to be the driving forces behind the cities' development. However, the socio-economical struggle and class differences lead to a collapse of Chinese urbanisation, and urban villages were forced to seek a new transformation and sustainable development under such circumstances.

The project tries to revert the lost of farmland during urbanisation back to the city, and try to seek a post rural solution to new Chinese urbanism. Architecture works as a framework to re-regulate the informality and providing a transient during this process.

Urban villages' locations in Shenzhen.

Compact spatial condition and vibrant street life in Gangxia Village Shenzhen.

Research of migrant workers and their left-behind children.

Differences between the city and the urban village(Casestudy: Futian district & Gangxia village).

China's urbanisation chronology and the urban village development phases.

Retrieve of farm and the post urban village strategy as an urban agricultural hub.

Spatial condition of the new urban village and its flexibility under the framework.

New urban/social system particularly for the migrant workers.

New urban/social system particularly for the migrant workers.

New urban framework under the transformation of urban villages.