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Toward the Bienniale: rural life as an urban cure

Archi-Union Architects | Hsieh Ying Chun | Dong Yugan | DnA_Design and Architecture | Seung H-Sang | Ryūe Nishizawa | Naturalbuild | Atelier Deshaus

Population explosion, traffic congestion, environmental pollution, and the tumultuous pace of city life are “urban diseases” afflicting many contemporary cities in many parts of the world. This is especially true of China, where cities have mushroomed over the past 30 years. As a result, an increasing number of scholars and architects have turned their attention to the city’s counterpart - the village, seeing a return to rural lifestyles in Utopian terms. In fact, the Chinese word for “nostalgia” (乡愁, or xiang chou) literally means “the memory of and desire for one’s village”. In response to the “FreeSpace” theme proposed for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale by the exhibition’s two curators from Grafton Architects, Dr. Li Xiangning, curator of the China Pavilion has chosen to entitle his country’s exhibition...

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