Lively and Diverse rural areas bulldozed to make way for homogenous urban spaces
According to Chinese official statistics, the number of urban dwellers exceeds that of their rural counterparts for the first time, in a country where urbanization is at the heart of the economic development process. New urbanized areas, resulting from the sale of rural land by local governments, remain however empty due to a shortage of buyers. Yet they replace much of the lively rural areas, which are places of transit, life, and the residence of millions of rural migrants.
The habitat of these “urban villages”, with informal or precarious lines, present characteristics of organized and dense communities – restaurants, markets, varied career paths, existing transportation systems, etc – which governments do not take into account in their systematic destruction and restructuring of these areas.