Author(s): Tie Lei
In the process of high-speed urbanization in China, the long-standing isolation between urban and rural areas has been broken. As the urban-rural relationship is getting closer, traditional rural buildings are undergoing changes and evolving under the impacts of urban modern buildings. Through a large number of field investigations, this article aims to explore the types of these changes, their internal mechanism, and the deeper thinking mode and value system of rural buildings behind this mechanism. This article believes that Chinese rural traditional buildings are currently moving towards a mixture with modern buildings. In this hybrid, the way and order how the changes of traditional buildings happen are directly related to their symbolic meanings, and deeply determined by the pragmatic values and thinking mode rooted in Chinese rural buildings.