Like Hong Kong, many urban areas in the mainland face the problem of ageing buildings. Examples are Beijing’s historic districts, where old courtyard houses need to be preserved, and Shenzhen’s urban villages, where houses are dilapidated. To tackle the problem of ageing buildings, People’s Architecture Office, the first B Corp certified architectural design agency in Asia, applied the “Urban Intervention” regeneration strategy in the old parts of the city as an active approach to improving the condition of these areas, starting with improving small sites first and then revitalizing larger old buildings. The intervention strategies are divided into the four types: “micro-updating by plug-ins”, “temporary and mobile”, “interaction between people and environment” and “use of ready-made products”. This exhibition, featuring three urban intervention projects: Shangwei Village Plugin House, Courtyard House Plugin, and People’s Station, demonstrates how People’s Architecture Office leverages social innovation to tackle the problem of ageing buildings in historic neughbourhoods, helping to improve their communities.
Plugin House can be built by unskilled workers using one single tool in less than a day.