Publication Date

April 2018


Joseph Siry


College of Social Studies, Art History


English (United States)


This thesis uses three case studies of Chinese villages--Liangjia, Huaxi, and Wencun--to assess different approaches of China's rural modernization after industrialization. Parts of this thesis trace the history of development of these villages before Deng Xiaoping's Reform and Opening Up. The thesis introduces transitions of architectural styles, impositions of planning schemes, and a variety of types of patronage. When analyzing villages, this thesis focuses on villages' topographic, economic, political, and transportational contexts. Administrative structures, selections of architects, popular reactions of the architecture, and the ideology that drove design processes are explained. Ultimately, villagers' (or governments') efforts to modernize these villages ended up creating social inequality and nostalgic futurity. Shen Juntai's thesis provides a narrative for the possibilities of Chinese rural modernization through the lens of architecture and planning.



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