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The China Exchange

Part 1 Project 2019
Joshua Welch
Ravensbourne University London UK
This project tackles the re-use, rehabilitation and extension of an existing building within London.

The proposal is personal, beginning with the receiving of a black-and-white photograph of the author’s mother perched next to an older Chinese woman, the great-grandmother. The project thus discusses ignorance of a family’s own Chinese culture, using the built proposal as a vessel to indulge in Chinese culture and heritage as a remedy to an overriding sense of guilt with an analysis of key features prominent within China, such as the tea house, cavernous landscapes and social splendour. The project seeks to inject true Chinese culture into an otherwise shallow Chinatown, existing currently as restaurants and betting shops. The China Exchange extends the theatrical splendour of Chinatown into 32 Gerrard Street, at the heart of Soho, and multiplies it tenfold to exemplify the true cultural values of China while using tea as a means to unite eastern and western ideals.

Joshua Welch

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2019
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