— Building and Planning

Farmhouse

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Surveying is the link between what is socially valuable and what is materially possible. These survey documents are my study of a farmhouse in Zhejiang’s Wencun Village, which is also the site of Wang Shu’s most recent village renovation. In this case the roof was deemed structurally beyond repair, but the sequence of courtyards that it served in a small block became integral to the design phase. Even if the roof is removed as a structure, its construction techniques and spatial characteristics can be retained in the renovation.