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Title:Housing design for land-lost farmers in Suzhou, China
Author(s):Fan, Xiangnan
Advisor(s):Sinha, Amita
Department / Program:Landscape Architecture
Discipline:Landscape Architecture
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Land-lost farmers
housing design
Abstract:With the reform and opening-up policy launched since the 1980s, China's economy has been growing rapidly. With this background, urbanization has been on a fast track. However, rapid urbanization resulted in many problems. One of these problems was that more and more farmers were losing their land. The land-lost farmers usually live a difficult life and their new housing usually lacks many cultural features that they have been used to. This thesis proposes a socially and culturally appropriate housing design as a tool to help relieve the above mentioned problems of the land-lost farmers. In order to alleviate the problems, design patterns are used as principles in this housing design project. The principles are applied based on the specific site context. The principles are generated from A Pattern Language to meet the special requirements of the land-lost farmers. They are also based upon vernacular housing and the traditional culture in the Yangtze delta region. The study site is located in Suzhou, a typical city with many land-lost farmers. Two possible site designs are proposed in this thesis. They are applications of design patterns and can be used at other sites in China.
Issue Date:2015-01-21
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Xiangnan Fan
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-01-21
Date Deposited:2014-12

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