NEW SOCIALIST VILLAGE
Anna collaborated with Darryl Chen (Tomorrows Thoughts Today) on the 'New (Socialist) Village', a research project that was part of the Venice Takeaway, exhibited at the British Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, 2012. Caochangdi once a grassland today an atypical ‘new socialist village’ on the periphery of Beijing, has a thriving and diverse economy of local entrepreneurial, industrial and art activities. Amongst the city’s singularly masterplanned mega-developments, Caochangdi is an anomaly. In the space created by the Chinese government’s evolving planning laws, the village’s growth is driven by the instincts of local peasants and the bohemian opportunism of artists who have established a set of unstated rules governing urban form. Considering the Localism Act (2011) as the opportunity to rethink the role of planning within the UK, Caochangdi is used as a research platform to speculate on the future of UK’s urbanism. The 5 metre long hand crafted Chinese scroll and ‘propaganda’ booklets containing the research study were inspired from a scroll dating from the Song Dynasty and the Little Red Book.
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Client:The British Council, Location:Venice Italy (exhibited), UK and China (researched), Budget:n/a, Involvement:2012, Status:Completed
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