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JOINED PROJECT :
BaO & aYa

PROJECT :
MegaCuN // Megablock urbanism

SITE :
Rural China

STATUS :
Study // essay

COMISSION :
China-LAB Columbia University NY

TEAM :
Benjamin Beller, Henri Schiltz, Amandine Henri

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Columbia University China Lab made an open call for contributions on Megablock urbanisms. Being confronted with the ever growing gap between the city and the countryside, we decided to shift the focus of our research on the country's sides. If Megablocks have emerged as the ultimate Chinese urban evolutional tool, they might as well propose interesting solutions for countryside's development. Through a careful study of how and why such market-driven monumental projects are increasingly shaping Chinese cityscapes, the MegaCun research proposes to transfer its core concepts to the rural territories. Literally meaning the "Mega village", the MegaCun relates to broader topics of rural exodus and policies of the so-called "new socialist countryside". We propose a conceptual migration of urban Megablocks. Their intrinsic qualities of high densification, clear definition of limits, autonomy, creation of micro economies, cost-effectiveness of big scale development, modernization and comfort, could be the basis for rural renaissance.
In Agri-tecture, learn from the Megablock !

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