Vertical Village at Chengdu Biennale
22 September 2011

Based on a preliminary study of data released by the Department of Land and Resource, Standardarchitecture has identified a significant shrinkage of arable land in China over the past 15 years: from 1996 to 2010 the area of arable land decreased from 1.95 billion mu to 1.8 billion mu, with the 150 million mu of lost land affecting the food production capacity for 100 million people.

From 2010 to 2015, the national demand for construction land is more than 12 million mu per year, while land released under the Government Plan for Land Use is only around 6 million per year. This creates a supply and demand deficit of more than 50%. With the increasing pace at which Chinese cities are expanding, the discrepancy will only increase.

What kind of attitude should the architect take when faced with the paradox of land demand from both rapidly expanding cities and food-production to satiate anexpanding population? Will the government’s plan to develop rural areas accelerate the loss of arable land?

Standardarchitecture takes an inquisitive attitude towards the excessive expansion of Chinese cities, questioning whether the urbanization of archetypical cities such as East Village can occur without sacrificing arable land, and looks into the possibility of vertical expansion to accommodate the growth of cities.The ‘Vertical Village’ proposes a universal strategy for the co-existence of city and farmland, annulling the previous differentiation between the two. With the building extents allocated to each household by volume instead of land area, the residents are able to construct their homes inside the space of the nests, have poultry around the house, and descend the mountains to cultivate the farmlands. "Vertical Village" is a somewhat naive proposal, and we do not advocate it as a cure for all the issues of urbanization and land shortage.Instead, we want to revive in people a longing for a life closer to nature, and assert confidence in the future prospect of harmonious integration of the city and farmland.






设计团队:张轲、Roberto Caputo、杨欣荣、Cruz Garcia、付云、杨帆、吴党参
Design Team: Zhang Ke, Roberto Caputo, Yang Xinrong, Cruz Garcia, Fu Yun, Yang Fan, Wu Dangshen 
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