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The Self-Build: an alternative neighbourhood
In China, urban villages are usually perceived as by-products of rapid modern urbanization and economic growth, but they are distinguished from slums by their exceptional locations and legal status protected by land ownerships recognised by the government. The unregulated self-build resulted in chaotic construction and poor living conditions, presenting a negative urban image; but its capacity to provide diverse and affordable housing and embrace social diversity, making it a significant role in the city. Therefore, the problem is how can participatory frameworks be formulated to balance the degree of individual freedom (self-build) and professional intervention. This project intends to reframe and formalise the informal self-build through maintaining the values of self-build while blending it with architect-led intervention, aiming to renew the urban village’s negative and contradictory image by improving the living conditions, providing beautiful dwellings with qualities and comfort, and presenting a distinguished typology of urban dwelling.