CN. Zhejiang


Strategic storytelling of a Chinese agricultural valley

“The limits of the Chinese development model are observed in the increase of the number of cities arriving at saturation, that it is in terms of the size of their population, their building, their pollution … The campaigns constitute today a vast territory to rethink, but problems of scale and level of decision make these places at the end of the system territories frozen, sterile and entirely dependent on the outside.. “

How to preserve and revitalize a rural territory affected by the departure and the aging of its population? How to enable it to become (again) a dynamic and productive area without undermining its intrinsic qualities?

A progressive remediation of the valley soils could contribute to bring a new dynamism. This project requires expertise and organization, both local and collective and suggest to work on different timelines – long (remediation, politics, family …) and short (the landscape changes with the seasons / farming / leave …). Although soil remediation is certainly of the large-scale issues that could be benefit from external aid, most resources (skills, labor, management, materials) will be originated from the Valley.

Rebuilding links between territory, different generations, uses and lifestyles is critical to help the territory enter in a new dynamic of exchange and to reduce dependency from surrounding cities. The challenge is to remain true to a local culture which gradually drifts away from its legacy without falling into the urban lifestyle.

This effort to transform, restore and bring back the Valley into motion is achieved through the analysis of a wide range of solutions and the evaluation of their feasibility (technical, material, financial …) as well as their succession in time.


Final degree project, Study director de Marc Armengaud et Jean Attali


Research, Cartography, Urbanisme, Landscape, Prospective


June 2015


Katia Naouri