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Exploring Chinese Rural Construction Strategies Based On Diébédo Francis Kéré’s Philosophy

The immensity of China leads to the diversity of customs and climatic conditions. Each area has its own unique materials, construction methods, and climate adaptation measures. The regional characteristics of Chinese architecture are generally preserved in rural buildings. But we cannot overlook how contemporary technology may considerably improve the living and use conditions of rural buildings. What is the best way to create a balance between classic or inherent technology and new ones? How would the construction of rural architecture provide inspiration for the development of Chinese architectural cultural symbols?

2022 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Diébédo Francis Kéré reported the great solutions of Burkina Faso. Kéré insists to build comfortable buildings at a reasonable price; to make users happy and inspire them to dream of a better life. The pride of the local culture is reinforced by the use of local materials and traditional techniques. And then Kéré‘s works in other countries show cultural emblems of Burkina Faso, which are the consequence of his own cultural accumulation.

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Museum of Poetry / DnA

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Huiming Tea Space / DnA

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Lishui, China
  • Architects: DnA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  934
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020

Oil Workshop / DnA

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Lishui, China

Rice Wine Factory / DnA

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The Contemporary Remodelling of Traditional Materials in Chinese Vernacular Architecture

Constrained by a lack of transportation and resources, vernacular architecture has started adapting the distinct strategy of utilizing local materials. By analyzing projects which have successfully incorporated these features into their design, this article gives an overview of how traditional materials, such as tiles, metal, rocks, bamboo, wooden sticks, timber, rammed earth and bricks are being transformed through vernacular architecture in China.

Tofu Factory / DnA

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Lishui, China

Water Conservancy Center / DnA

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Lishui, China

Chinese Herbal Garden / DnA

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Lishui, China

Dushan Leisure Center / DnA

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36 Architecture Firms from the Global South You Should Know

© Zhou Ruogu/Savoye Photographe
© Zhou Ruogu/Savoye Photographe

Countries that are part of the so-called “global south” have undergone many transformations in their cities and urban contexts in recent years due to the economic and social challenges they face. Urban growth, sustainable development, quality of life and health in emerging cities, and the development of their own cultural identity have been some of the issues that local architecture had to incorporate.

Young architects have understood the importance of making an architecture that is deeply rooted in their own territory while giving this architecture a clear local identity. By generating new typologies and using their own resources and materials, they have presented innovative, site-specific, and, above all, solutions with a new fresh focus towards what represents them as creators of this architecture.

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Belugadesign Office / ATMOperation

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  • Architects: ATMOperation
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  330
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Ikea, ATMOperation, Harry Wire Chair

Wang Jing Memorial Hall / DnA

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  • Architects: DnA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  406
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2017

Bamboo Theatre / DnA

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© Ziling Wang

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  • Architects: DnA
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2015

Hakka Indenture Museum / DnA

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© Ziling Wang

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Lishui, China
  • Architects: DnA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  2574
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2017

Pine Park Pavilion / DnA

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  • Architects: DnA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  197
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2017

Pingtian Village Center / DnA

Interior. Image © Ziling Wang
Interior. Image © Ziling Wang

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