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Buildings 2016, 6(4), 42; doi:10.3390/buildings6040042

Sustainable Development of Rural Areas in the EU and China: A Common Strategy for Architectural Design, Research Practice and Decision-Making

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China Laboratory for Architecture and Urban Studies, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Pavia, Via Ferrata, 1-27100 Pavia, Italy
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College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, No.281 Fuxin Road, Yangpu District, Shanghai 200092, China
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Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño, División de Ingeniería y Arquitectura, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus León, Av. Eugenio Garza Sada S/N, Cerro Gordo, León 37190, Mexico
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Academic Editor: Adrian Pitts
Received: 31 July 2016 / Revised: 6 September 2016 / Accepted: 11 October 2016 / Published: 18 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Building in Rural Areas)
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Abstract

This paper describes the results of a research project to develop a set of goals and strategies aimed at policymakers, stakeholders, researchers, designers and/or some other groups of citizens’ communities whose development actions are undertaken in a specific rural context. The aim of the project was to move beyond the knowledge of the articulated architectural and social evolution of the rural areas in both the EU and China, looking at the local and global challenges, at the need for continuous adaptation and at the experiences of resilience that the countryside faces today. The paper shows, through two-pronged methods, such as semantic analysis and a meta-project design, that a common strategy can be set to support actions for the development of rural areas both in China and the EU. In doing so, this study has defined a strategy system tool that is a type of interactive and generative key-checklist that can be used by stakeholders in specific contexts, becoming a reading tool, a set of design guidelines or a decision facilitator support system. The results achieved have been tested through design application in two meta-projects that confirm the validity of the whole research framework with the aim of promoting a sustainable development and enhancement of places and rural communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: architectural design; rural-urban development; Europe and China; strategy tool; sustainable design; meta-projects architectural design; rural-urban development; Europe and China; strategy tool; sustainable design; meta-projects
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Cattaneo, T.; Giorgi, E.; Ni, M.; Manzoni, G.D. Sustainable Development of Rural Areas in the EU and China: A Common Strategy for Architectural Design, Research Practice and Decision-Making. Buildings 2016, 6, 42.

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