The story of how a Chinese mountainous county, Songyang county in Zhejiang province, revitalized its villages through introduction of modern architecture is currently in exhibition at Berlin-based Aedes Architecture Forum.
The exhibition under the name "Rural moves-the Songyang story", lasting from March 17 to June 17, showcased models and photographs featuring the Chinese architect Xu Tiantian's project in Songyang county.
Xu told Xinhua on Tuesday, "the project is a case where architectures were designed to be engines for rural development and social development at large", adding she believed that's what her European fellow architects are interested in.
Xu said the exhibition will later tour to Austria and Italy. In less than four years, Xu, in cooperation with local government, has built series of aesthetic public buildings in Songyang, including a museum, a teahouse, a bridge, among other buildings, and refurbished local clay residential houses for hospitality uses.
She adopted local building materials and integrated local landscape and residents' needs with her architectural design.