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Rural Surveys
Group 1 Liu Lu, Liu Yilin, Lin Changyan, Ma Jonathan, Wang Tiantian, Yang Chenkai
Group 2 Chen Lin, Song Yuan, Watson Jeremiah, Zhen Wenkang, Zhou Gongzhao
Advisor Wang Shu    Period China Academy of Art, Fall 2013

0, Overview
Through a series of grants from municipal governments and the China Academy of Art, we as a team of Wang Shu's graduate students were able to visit, photograph, and survey rural villages in Zhejiang province. With China's effort to urbanize its population, these towns and structures are rapidly becoming extinct, making their documentation crucial. We conducted our work utilizing three different methods: 1. In-depth surveys, carefully measuring 30-100 year old structures, work which we later redrew when back in Hangzhou. 2. General surveys, taking photographs of every building in a village, recording basic information like material, age, occupants, etc, and organizing this information into huge books for further student and government access. 3. Scouting surveys, where we located villages with the use of Google Earth, and then visited them to make cursory appraisals, determining if teams of undergraduate students should return in the future for in-depth surveys. I worked primarily with the inhumanly patient and energetic Zhou Gongzhao, who completed the elevations and sections to my plans.



2013, 2 weeks in Lin'an municipality 2012, 3 weeks in Fuyang municipality 2012, 3 days in Fuyang municipality

1, Daxi Village Structure № 1
A rammed earth, one-story, mid-sized barn with an interior wood structure for the roof and storage. The additions you see in the plan and elevations are small, CMU sheds. Biaoli Post





2, Daxi Village Structure № 2
A rammed-earth, modified, two-story, storage structure. Originally a three bay residential structure. The owners recently cut off the other two bays to make room for their modern 4 story house, built a meter away.



3, Daxi Village Structure № 3
Rammed earth two-story residence, typical of the 80s when there was resurgent interest in vernacular building methods.





4, Daxi Village Structure № 4
Rammed earth, two-story, residential typology.






5, Daxi Village Structure № 5
Rammed earth, two-story, residential typology.






6, Yiqiao Structure № 1
A two story, brick, Qing dynasty house. Interestingly, with an interrupted symmetry due to the bordering stream. The old woman who lived here spoke a local dialect so thick that no one could understand her. Fortunately, she wasn't bothered by the earnest graduate student home invasion. Biaoli Post




7, Yiqiao Structure № 2
Another two story Qing dynasty house but with amazing wood work, especially the courtyard brackets and beams. Modern modifications aside, nearly perfectly symmetrical.










8, Yiqiao Typology Analysis




9, Xiatu Structure № 1
Large, brick, two story residence. Biaoli Post










10, Shuangxi Structure № 1
2-story courtyard structure from the Qing dynasty, occupied by 3 or 4 unrelated small families. Biaoli Post









11, Shuangxi Structure № 2