UBC Graduate Research

Hometown Glory II Series : Home Xiao, Long


Since the mid-1980s, numerous rural Chinese migrated to the cities for job opportunities created by the government’s economic reform policy. In 2019, China announced that the number of these rural migrant workers has reached near 300 million. Such a massive migration from rural to city driven by economic development has never happened in Chinese history. The rural Chinese live an agricultural life with their family members from generation to generation. This tradition has tightened each individual to their ancestral home. It is not hard to understand these rural migrants eager to go home. Their homesickness even worsened with an increasingly stressful and costly urban life. As the first bunch of rural migrant workers reach retirement age, they are now moving back to live in their rural homes, which has brought plenty of potential house regenerations in the Chinese countryside. With this context, the thesis proposes a house regeneration for my family in my hometown village to explore how the house transitions from a traditional prototype to a contemporary interpretation.

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