In rural China, an informal wave of building jump-started by economic and social transformations over the past 40 years has rendered some villages unrecognizable. The resulting building boom, taking place in a context of few regulations, has created densities more often found in urban areas. At the same time, the availability of new materials and industrial construction methods has led to remarkable hybrid experiments where rural self-builders adapt, modify, graft, cleave, and wrap traditional building types. These unexpected and innovative solutions address some of contemporary architecture’s most pertinent issues.
As Found Houses argues that the manifold evolution of the vernacular is part of the everyday practice of villagers’ lives. The book documents surprising design decisions in the domestic architecture of rural China and is a resource for thinking about new ways of living together.
TitleAS FOUND HOUSES: Experiments from Self-builders in Rural China
AuthorJohn Lin and Sony Devabhaktuni
PublisherApplied Research + Design Publishing