Chinese traditional villages belong to a typical "rural society"，However, with the rapid urbanization of China, modern transportation has rapidly extended from the modern metropolis to the countryside. Meanwhile, not only modern building materials, but also urban building types, lifestyles and aesthetics have quickly flowed into the countryside, which have a great impact on traditional buildings of Chinese villages. Against this background, contemporary rural buildings have begun to evolve, and undergo complex and interesting changes. So, what are the types and development rules of this seemingly complicated evolution? And what are the underlying mechanisms such as the value system and thinking mode behind these laws? These are the questions to be explored from the professional perspective of architecture. This article argues that under the impact of urbanization and modern technology, Chinese rural buildings have not completely abandoned its tradition or fully accepted urban architecture types, but a hybrid of the two. Based on the traditional building type, and through introducing modern materials and structures in part, the hybrid performs and shows a gradual change. The evolution of contemporary Chinese rural buildings generally shows a process of continuous trial and error. These rural buildings，which always are built by villagers themselves, are gradually perfected through the mutual learning and imitation of villagers and incessant improvement by them, and finally, a balance between tradition and modernity will arrive, when and where the building having undergone many changes would begin to solidify into a new building type.
Lei Tie, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, China
Stream: Chinese Studies
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