UBC Graduate Research

The Way Home : A Rural Renewal Model for Beikeng Jin, Tian


Beikeng, located deep in the mountainous region of Fujian Province, is one of those non-listed villages which have been trying to become shortlisted for national funding and resources. The vernacular typology Cuo, the traditional forest-Cuo-terrace-stream settlement, and the idyllic rural way of living rooted in rice paddies implies that Beikeng deserves a different future from a forthcoming vanishing fate. This thesis seeks to envision a rural renewal model in which time plays a critical role through 4 episodes: poetic dwellings, agricultural production, rural tourism and community reconstruction. It’s an incremental process started by the arrival of lifestyle entrepreneurs, pushed by the involvement of local entrepreneurs and eventually attracts return entrepreneurs to come back to their homeland.

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