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  7. Stefano Boeri Combats Rural Decline With Free Initiative

Stefano Boeri Combats Rural Decline With Free Initiative

Stefano Boeri Combats Rural Decline With Free Initiative
Stefano Boeri Combats Rural Decline With Free Initiative, School Exterior Visualization. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
School Exterior Visualization. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

For the 2018 Venice Biennale, Stefano Boeri Architetti presents Slow Food Freespace, the first Slow Village to be constructed in Sichuan, China. Made in collaboration with Slow Food Movement, speakers Stefano Boeri and Carlo Petrini discussed the project at the event “Across Chinese Cities - The Community.”

For the Slow Food China project, Stefano Boeri Architetti has designed a school, a library and a small museum for the villages involved, free of charge. The program attempts to encourage millions of Chinese farmers to stay in their rural districts, combatting the unprecedented emigration to cities which has grown in the last few years. By offering educational facilities and cultural landmarks to these rural communities, it inspires the preservation of local culture and acknowledges the importance of the agricultural economy.

Library Visualization. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti School Visualization. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti Masterplan. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti Elevations and Plans. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti + 7

Territory. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
Territory. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
Masterplan. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
Masterplan. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

“We easily forget that the rural areas provide sustainability to our daily lives,” explained Stefano Boeri in Shanghai during an invitation from Anhua Chen, Project Leader of Slow Villages Co-Building. “It is an inevitable necessity of architecture to confront the speed of evolution while also feeding it with the richness of the past. For this reason, we have proposed to enhance the agricultural villages with a system of small but precious catalysts of local culture, able to improve the lives of the residents.”

School Visualization. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
School Visualization. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

The school, library and museum become three cultural centers that can act as catalysts for the construction of more facilities and cultural spaces in these disconnected regions. They also promise economic benefits through Chinese and international tourism. The project interprets architecture as a “porous territorial device,” able to reactivate the rich and diverse history of rural Chinese communities.

Library Visualization. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
Library Visualization. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

“Preserving the rural environment means protecting the cultural diversity,” confirms Yibo Xu, Shanghai partner of Stefano Boeri Architetti. “Significant efforts have been made in the latest decades in China with regard to the urban questions, and in the future greater attention should be paid to the versatility of expressions, traditions and patrimonies of the countryside.”

Elevations and Plans. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
Elevations and Plans. Image Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
  • Architects

  • Partners

    Stefano Boeri, Yibo Xu
  • Project Director

    Pietro Chiodi
  • Project Architects

    Claudia Scaglioni, Moataz Faisal Farid
  • Design Team

    Huang Zhiyang, Jiang Linhong, Krista Skujina
  • Graphic Content

    Cecilia Picello
  • PR and Communication

    Dong Li, Gong Ting, Xie Ying
  • Collaborators

    Lifang, Sebastiano Conti Gallenti
  • Project Year

    2018

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Cite: Yiling Shen. "Stefano Boeri Combats Rural Decline With Free Initiative" 02 Jun 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/895068/stefano-boeri-combats-rural-decline-with-free-initiative/> ISSN 0719-8884