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Tong Jiang

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The Self-Build

Guangzhou, China


Chinese urban villages are by-products of rapid urbanisation, which can be regarded as autonomous self-built organisations based on the original rules of villages, but affected by an urbanisation model which leads them to occupy a contradictory, complex and hybrid status in the city. Due to the exceptional location and political conditions, these unique communities create new spatial and social orders that are distinguished from the capitalist paradigm and the bourgeois aesthetics. This project looks at the controversial role of self-build in current urban context, and proposes a participatory framework to reframe the self-build in a legitimate status in order to respond to housing dilemmas in China’s modernisation.. We imagine self-build as a tool, which has the possibility to create a hybrid housing pattern that embraces the diversity of space, aesthetic and society.
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Tong Jiang

︎Year 4
tj326@cam.ac.uk