Rural Renaissance: Xu Tiantian

For the third talk in our Architecture Anew series, we will hear from Beijing based Xu Tiantian on how her architecture practice has used design to support and sustain regional communities in China.

This a recording of a virtual event held on 11 May 2021.

Increasingly, the world’s population is shifting to inhabit cities, but rural towns and villages still operate as homes and local economies for millions. How can architects support these communities and stimulate or enhance the ways in which they live? What role can architecture play in sustaining or building resilience into rural communities? Over the past six years, the Chinese architect Xu Tiantian has completed a series of considered small-scale projects, with her practice DnA_Design and Architecture, across Songyang in rural China that directly addresses these questions.

Xu Tiantian
Founding principal of DnA _Design and Architecture. She has received numerous awards such as the WA China Architecture Award in 2006 and 2008, the Architectural League New York’s Young Architects Award in 2008, the Design Vanguard Award in 2009 by Architecture Record and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architect in 2019.

Chair: Tara Kennedy, Co-curator Free Market

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