Sustainable Building Practice and Guidance for Dai Villages, Southwest China

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This paper studies the Dai houses and villages in Xishangbanna, Southwest China. Dai is one of 55 ethnic minorities in China. By comparing the field study of Dai houses carried out in the 1990s and the field study for two villages in 2017, the research investigates two key aspects. Firstly, it considers the influence of new building materials and technologies and impacts brought in by rapid urbanization, together with changes in the traditional integrated relationship between houses, village environment, and surrounding environment. Three key impacts on rural development in the region were identified. Secondly, the project explores the development of the research methods for vernacular houses in China. The focuses of investigation, starting from anthropological studies in the 1950s, now include greater consideration of environmental context. Research found that architects and academic scholars can support the interface between policy, academic studies and practices on rural development for decision-making. Medium term planning is needed in order to provide link between current practice and long term sustainable aims.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings PLEA (Passive and Low Energy Architecture) Conference 2018
Subtitle of host publicationSmart and Healthy within the 2-degree Limit
EditorsEdward Ng, Square Fong, Chao Ren
Place of PublicationHong Kong
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018
EventPassive and Low Energy Architecture: Smart and Healthy Within the 2-Degree Limit - The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 10 Dec 201812 Dec 2018 (Link to Conference Website)


ConferencePassive and Low Energy Architecture
Abbreviated titlePLEA 2018
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
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