The selection of projects showcased in Homecoming offers different perspectives on how to work with the rural. The section Materializing the Rural, for example, portrays design philosophies and the use of traditional material and construction methods while the section Practicing the Rural demonstrates working approaches that engage the community as well as sensitive strategies for rural development. The section Contextualizing the Rural, on the other hand, is comprised of essays on the role of the rural in China throughout the twentieth century and how that has affected the work of architects today.
Homecoming sheds light on various positions in the ongoing discussion of China’s urbanization and the position of the architect within this process. Its introduction and conclusion frame these issues within the global discourse.
Brimming with ideas, inspiring stories, working approaches, historical information, and debate, this book will galvanize all those working in architecture, landscape, and urban design, but also those who care about the future of China’s built culture.
With contributions from Joshua Bolchover, Yung Ho Chan, Frank Dikötter, Juan Du, Huang ShengYuan, Hsieh Ying-chun, Hua Li, Liu Jiakun, John Lin, Meng Yan, Cole Roskam, Philip Tinari, Tong Ming, Robin Visser, Wang Weijen, Zhang Ke, and Zhu Tao.