Jingru Cyan Cheng

Jingru Cyan Cheng is currently Director of the Architectural Association Wuhan Visiting School and a PhD by Design candidate at the Architectural Association. Her research interest lies in cross-scale design issues in rural-urban regeneration at the levels of territory, settlement and home. Adopting research by design as the main working methodology, she is especially interested in the relationships between built form and the socio-political formation of both the city and the countryside. Cheng has given presentations internationally and has established research and teaching collaborations between the UK and China through joint funding projects, visiting school programmes, academic symposia and so on, benefiting from extensive professional networks in both countries. In addition, she is the co-founder of ACROSS Architecture, an independent academic association consisting of Chinese AA alumni and current students.

Territory, Settlement, Home: A Project for Rural China

Supervisors: Dr. Pier Vittorio Aureli, Dr. Sam Jacoby

The countryside is the new frontline of urbanisation in China. The rural territory, new rural settlement and family home become key instruments of the state apparatus in the process of appropriation, redistribution and production. Eventually through the fine grain of daily routine and social behaviour, desired subjects are being constructed. The thesis is to, through design projects, disclose mechanisms of planning strategies underpinned by the growth centre doctrine, the urban spatial template for consolidating rural settlements and the modern apartment and family house as transformative tools to bring urban lifestyle to the countryside.