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Branch Strategy

RURAL URBANISM | Productive Linkages

Baima Town & Zhujiabian Village, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China 

MIT-SEU IAP Workshop | 01/2016 | 

Advisor: Prof. Adele Santos, Prof. Rafi

Teammate: Zain Karsan, Luisa de Lucena Schettino, David Eli Vega-Barachowitz, Samuel Raphael Schneider


The research focuses on the rural-urban fringe balancing the development of a small town closed to Nanjing Metropolitans.  It looks at the communities in contrast to the large cities of the past decades. The aim of the effort is to find alternative models of rural urbanization that support common prosperity and stability alongside sustainability and livability. It argues that besides pushing its people to leave the villages and clusters, whether there is a better way to enhance the mobility and environmental quality so that villagers can benefit from the outlet of industry development from urbanization as well as live still.

Baima Town and Zhujiabian Village still conserve very good nature scenes, and the proportion of car ownership per household is quite high. Consider its great location inbetween high speed rail station and Nanjing City, it can be developed to an alternative way that, offering a paradigm of how a rural village become a beautiful home for local villagers as well as a good working market.

Isometric view of landcape framework and traffic networks

Isometric view of new town-village-cluster structure

Traffic demand based on service facility distribution

New Service Facility and Municipal Distribution

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