The MA Architecture + Urbanism course is the Manchester School of Architecture's taught postgraduate course which conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work which builds on the legacy of twentieth century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities.

Sunday 6 September 2015

The Protection of Hubei Village, Shenzhen

MA A+U student Peiwu Fang has completed his thesis project 'The Protection of Hubei Village'. Peiwu writes

'Hubei Village is a small village in Luohu District, Shenzhen. It has a history of more than 500 years, with a special status in the development of Shenzhen. After research on the houses of the village, including old and new ones, a strategy was developed to reflect the heritage value of the houses. The old houses were divided into four classes for their value for preservation o reconstruction. Many of the old houses are rebuilt or transformed a lot. However, the footprint of the old village, its morphology, was preserved well. In the project, I demolish the new intrusive residential buildings in the whole village and create a big ellipse of residential and social accommodation around the old village, as a strong protective barrier against the encroaching development of the city.'

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