Theasophie has contributed to several exhibitions in support of the Jingmai Mountain UNESCO World Heritage campaign. The following series of images portraying Bulang vernacular architecture have appeared in tandem with Theasophie’s own exhibition contributions. They were created by Zuo Jing Workshop, highly regarded throughout China for their extensive work in rural revitalization.
Village homes have transformed significantly over the past two decades, leaving behind many of the principles and protocols of traditional building practices. Subject to logging bans, materials are no longer sourced from local forests, but acquired on the commercial market. Culturally significant features such as centrality of the hearth and energetic fluidity between interior and exterior have largely been neglected.
A standard design is in place in the Jingmai Mountains, conforming to the criteria of our recent UNESCO World Heritage designation. However, a submission process also exists for independent designs, allowing leeway in the creative expression of local heritage. We are currently in conversation with designers and builders, considering how to best honor traditional architectural principles and aesthetics.