Special Economic Zones (SEZ), urbanism, Xiong'an New Area, Baita Village, China, materialization, utopian model
The project focuses on Xiong’an, the new special area established in April 2017 by the Chinese government, as well as the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in China, both as a typology and political and economic events. By documenting and understanding the urban development pattern that has been implemented in China since 1978 and by revealing the process of translation and materialization of this capital and politics driven utopian model in the past forty years, the objective is:
1. To construct an alternate portrait of the development of Xiong’an, which is arguably a unique urban typology in China, from pieces of affective imagery, narrative, and provocations instead of from a totalizing or objective view.
2. To speculate on how the existing rural conditions in Xiong’an may be distorted and deformed as a translation and materialization of the conflicts and negotiation between political and economic power and local citizens.
Wei, Minglu and Zuo, Ying, "Baita, Xiong’an: Towards and Alternative Urbanism" (2018). Architecture Thesis Prep. 367.
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