Recently I assembled a visual essay—which was published by e-publicspace.net—on the morphology and impact of public space in the urban village of Longtancun in Guangzhou. Much has been written about urban villages over the last decade, usually from the perspective of their socioeconomic position as informal urbanism or the possibilities of preservation in such scenarios. The urban villages of the Wanmu Orchard differ from the typical urban village by being surrounded by the city of Guangzhou only in name. In reality, they do still remain quite rural (some even retain a bit of vestigial agricultural function) and detached from other urban fabric. This makes it possible to study them as largely autonomous areas. The essay combines a photographic survey with analytical maps produced using some of the code previuosly presented here.


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