City Village


Name: Youheng Li

Nationality: Chinese

Institution / Company: The University of New South Wales




Major cities in China have been selected as the location of the project. The first reason is due to their extremely high density that is likely to cause cluster of  virus cases. Secondly, the major cities’ rapid economic growth has forced peasants to leave rural areas and move to cities for better opportunities. However, their living conditions are generally very poor. ‘City Village’ aims to provide small community for those peasants to work and live in cities, meanwhile maintain practical means that prevent contamination under pandemic background. 

Each ‘City Village’ is to be equipped with an emergency center that can be used for temperature check, virus testing and emergency isolation. Pressure sensor and LED panels are installed on the ground that will indicate the 1.5m area around a person’s footprint. Roof terrace provides outdoor spaces.

The second image tells the story in the life of a single unit. Household supplies and food ingredients can be purchased online and delivered by air drone. Large living room windows safely connects interior and exterior. Scanning the QR code is the method of using contactless elevators. 

‘City Village’ is inspired by the traditional village house ‘Tulou’, and is scattered in major cities. The rectangular unit shape allows the block to be built with modular components that can be stacked vertically and become high-rise apartment. Ground floor is used as local supermarket that dispatches air drones and gets replenished regularly.


#Hygiene & Preventing Contamination  #Delivery & Logistics  #Social Issue #Alternative Technologies #Modular Housing

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