Apart from building bridges, the Foundation implemented comprehensive village rebuild demonstration projects with the support of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People’s Republic of China. Hopefully, these projects will serve as useful references for village redevelopment and will be adopted by local governments as models for building sustainable and ecological architecture.
Village Rebuild Demonstration Project in Maan Qiao Village, Sichuan
The Foundation started its first village rebuild demonstration project in Sichuan after the earthquakes in 2008. The project helped villagers rebuild their homes, improve commutation and acquire more knowledge on health care.
MOHURD Demonstration Project of Advanced Rammed Earth Eco-Dwellings in Macha Village of Huining County in Gansu
Invited by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD), the WZQ team of Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology and International Centre for Earth Construction (CRATerre-EAG) has jointly launched the “Modern Earth House Rebuild and Sustainable Development Research Demonstration Project” in Huining County, Gansu since May 2011.
Ma Cha Village Centre Construction Project, Huining County, Gansu
The Centre aims to further illustrate the potential of earth architecture and demonstrate that they can use rammed earth construction method to build safe, comfortable, decent and modern building with comparable construction cost and ease.
【Public lecture – The Secret of Rammed Earth Architecture by Prof Mujun 】
Demonstration Project in Bapa Village of Guizhou: The Conservation and Development of Traditional Village in Mainland China
Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture is located in the Southeast of Guizhou Province. As lots of traditional villages are scattered within its territory, it becomes one of the densest areas for Chinese traditional villages. Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation has mobilized WZQ teams of Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology and Guizhou Normal University to conduct a series of investigations at traditional villages in Guizhou since June 2014. With its well preserved village landscape and traditional culture values, Bapa village has been chosen as the demonstration site. With full respect for the local tradition, culture and environment, the team will do participatory planning for Bapa village and explore a sustainable way to develop this village. Villagers will be considered as the main party to participate in the development process. With advices from our team, villagers will participate in the projects including culture heritage, economic development, environment protection, dwellings improvement and so on.