What are the tools, methods and mindsets behind community-led development in China?

  • Date: November 2017 to present

  • Communities: Beijing / Henan / Hong Kong / Hunan / Fujian

  • Partners: SZOIL and Future+

The work explores exemplary built projects across the country, from Beijing to central Henan province to Hong Kong. In-depth field research results in a series of rich photocollages which offer a new perspective, beyond the buildings. Click on the images below to learn more.

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 Various sites across China

Various sites across China


I don’t need lots of money. I want to help improve lives in rural villages. I want to protect the old buildings for future generations.
— Luokui, Neilong

[ 4 ] Xihe Village Cooperative

Xingyang, Henan province

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[ 3 ] Cha'er Hutong Children's Library & Art Centre

Dashilar, Beijing

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[ 7 ] Inside Dragon Taoshu Tulou

Yunxiao, Fujian province

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[ 6 ] Fairy Water Village Community Centre

ChenZhou, Fujian province

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[ 5 ] Angdong Health Centre & concrete testing

Baojing, Hunan province

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History is my hobby. It gives me peace... in my soul.
— David, Beijing

The work was exhibited throughout the urban village of Nantou during the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB).

Visitors were encouraged to break free from the main UABB exhibition venue and explore the neighbourhood to discover interactive project postcards. 


The work was made possible with generous support from the British Council, and in collaboration with architect Philippa Battye