Urban Village Design and Informal Settlements | Sustainable Cities Collective

Urban Village Design and Informal Settlements | Sustainable Cities Collective

An “urban village” is a very unique spatial and social landscape formed by the rapid urbanization process in China’s major cities. It’s a rural village surrounded by urban development rather than farmland. The land for housing is owned by village collectives instead of a municipal authority. Moreover, the residents in the urban village are a mixture of the poor, the transient, and migrants from other regions. Urban villages feature overcrowded, informal dwellings in the vicinity of well-developed urban districts. In this type of settlement formation, the traditional one- or two-story village has given way to seven- to eight-story buildings. Without the enforcement of city building codes and regulations, the villagers build high-density housing through the construction of additional floors to maximize their profitable rental space. At the same time, the residential plot lay...

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