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Term Fall 2011
Class ARCH 506
Class Title China: Then, Now, To Be
Description In the early 21st Century, new and strange forms of human congregation are hatching. While not obviously visible, and occurring mostly under the radar, a form of ‘rural urbanism’ turns out to be extremely prevalent in countless tens of thousands of urban villages - the “cheng zhong cun”, or villages in the city - throughout Chinese cities today. China also has countless millions of rural villages housing some seven hundred million people. Due to factors such as rural to urban migrations and the arrival of satellite dishes in the countryside, the relationship between rural and urban becomes more and more intricate and not so clearly differentiated. CHINA: Early 21st Century Ruralopolitan Space” will explore the history, present, and future of urban and rural space in China. The seminar will have a workshop-like format and participants in the Seminar will explore the city through cinema (films by Jia Zhanke, Zhang Yimou, Wu Wenguang and others), historical documents and texts (by Yung Ho Chang, Jianfei Zhu and others), and contemporary Chinese art (artists to include Ai Weiwei, Wang Qingsong, Song Dong, Zhang Ou and others). A series of independent research projects will be undertaken, and each student will assume a “caretaker” role for one Urban or Rural Village.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets TBA
Credits 3
Faculty Mary-Ann Ray
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