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dc.contributor.authorZou, Yujie (Jason)
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-23T00:25:03Z
dc.date.available2019-01-23T00:25:03Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10652/4482
dc.description.abstractRESEARCH QUESTION: How can the existing houses in the urban villages be upgraded in order to improve the living conditions and upward social movement of migrant workers in Chinese cities? This project investigates the remodeling and upgrading of existing ‘urban villages’ to improve the living conditions of rural migrant workers in Chinese cities. Urban villages are high density, sub-standard housing specifically built within cities for migrant workers who come in from rural areas to earn cash. The workers have limited rights within cities and are exploited for their cheap labour, have little or no choice for accommodation and face discrimination from the permanent urban residents. Typically, each room will accommodate 5 to 10 people, cooking is done in the corridors and there are inadequate sanitary facilities. There are issues of fire escape, ventilation and daylight, and there are no common areas or spaces within the buildings to allow any form of recreation or other activities. In short, the rural migrants have little dignity in these so-called ‘villages’. The purpose of this research and design is to improve the living standards of the migrants by altering the existing buildings. It would be unrealistic to assume that new housing could be built for them as neither the government or private landlords would invest in such a project. The proposed design takes the opposite approach by maintaining the existing structure and involving the creation of additional common areas, introducing new circulation routes and areas for micro-enterprise, including food courts, internet cafés, workshops, and other spaces that have communal use. The selected site is a typical urban village in the city of Kunming, of which a small area was chosen and investigated for structure, circulation, construction and materials. The proposed design improves the natural lighting, ventilation and landscaping and takes it to another level. The aim of the design is to reintroduce aspects of the village culture of rural areas into the city, create a transit area to help the migrant workers adopt the city life and increase their quality of life, and, as a result, promote upward social mobility.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.subjectKunming, Yunan Province, Chinaen_NZ
dc.subjectChinaen_NZ
dc.subjectrural migrant workersen_NZ
dc.subjectmigrant workersen_NZ
dc.subjecturban villagesen_NZ
dc.subjecthousingen_NZ
dc.subjectmigrant housingen_NZ
dc.subjecturbanisationen_NZ
dc.subjectChuang Fan village (Kunming, China)en_NZ
dc.titleFrom village to “Village”en_NZ
dc.typeMasters Thesisen_NZ
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Architecture (Professional)en_NZ
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden120508 Urban Designen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationZou, Y. J. (2018). From village to "Village". An unpublished research project submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional) Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland,New Zealand.en_NZ
unitec.pages73en_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.advisor.principalByrd, Hugh
unitec.advisor.associatedFoote, Hamish
unitec.institution.studyareaArchitecture


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