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Regenerating tradition: Empowering rural revitalization through Li culture and green infrastructure in a design case study of Yulong village, Hainan, China

Keshen Wu1 Martin Bryant1* Andrew Toland1 Yong He2 Bo Chen3
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1 School of Architecture, Faculty of Design Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 Department of Architecture, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
3 Department of Architecture, School of Art, Sanya University, Sanya, Hainan, China
Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism 2024, 6(2), 1304
Submitted: 13 July 2023 | Accepted: 15 August 2023 | Published: 13 March 2024
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reshaping Rural China)
© 2024 by the Author (s). This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution -Noncommercial 4.0 International License (CC-by the license) ( )

Green infrastructure is an approach to land planning that aims to restore and manage the natural environment within human contexts. Its widespread use in post-industrial urban and peri-urban settings recognizes the need to reconcile environmental issues and regenerate social and cultural connections with the natural landscape. However, green infrastructure is seldom discussed in rural contexts, where efficient production practices increasingly dominate agriculture, invariably overwhelming cultural associations with land and its environmental qualities. In China, a government policy has been introduced to revitalize rural areas in response to the deleterious environmental effects of industrialized agriculture. Green infrastructure, in this context, offers the potential to usher in a new transformation toward more ecologically sustainable rural environments that embrace environmental, social, and cultural connections. This research considers the role of traditional rural cultures in facilitating this transformation. Through a case study of Yulong Village and its agricultural fields in the middle reaches of the Changhua River in Hainan, this paper maps the modernization of the traditional Li family’s agrarian culture and its legacy of ecological dilemmas. In projecting forward, this article describes a design research process that deploys new and established cartographies and speculates on the role of landscape design in integrating ancient cultural traditions with modern agriculture. The findings suggest a path for the realization of the goal of rural revitalization, emphasizing the importance of recognizing the relationship between ecological, economic, cultural, and social values.

Landscape architecture
Eco-cultural tourism
Traditional knowledge
Community-led change

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