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Post-earthquake Reconstruction and Demonstration Project in Ma'anqiao Village



This project is being hailed as the No. 1 post earthquake village re-construction and demonstration base under the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) of China.

Ma'anqiao village is a typical village located in the poverty mountainous area of China. All village houses are traditional rammed-earth courtyard with common living spaces for both human and livestock. After the earthquake in 2008, due to its remoteness, poor accessibility and resources limitations, it was not re-built. There were a lot of remote villages like this.

The project aims to demonstrate and convey an affordable, ecological, sustainable, healthy and humane way of post-quake village rebuild that local villagers could afford, own and pass on. The main contents are as follows:

  • Bridge building and improve access.
  • Organize villagers to build the prototype house for technical training. Then help them rebuild their own houses under the supervision of our technical staff.
  • Rammed earth building technology experiment (on-site).
  • Build village center and demonstration base.
  • Organize craftsmen training workshops.
  • Organize public health education workshops. Help villagers to improve their residential environment such as hygiene conditions and conditions of livestock raising.

Location: Ma'anqiao Village, Huili County, Sichuan Province, China

Date: 2008-2011

Site area: approx. 5 hectares

Building type: Post disaster village reconstruction


Project architects and key team members: Edward NG, MU Jun, ZHOU Tiegang, YANG Hua, DAI Qifu, WAN Li, MA Jie, Emily CHAN, HUI Wing Yan

Sponsor: Hysan Foundation / The Hong Kong Girl Guides Association / Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation


Research and publication:

-Edward NG, MU Jun, ZHOU Jiawang.(2009).Bridging Hearts and Love to Rebuild Sichuan.Time+Architecture,106,100-101.

-MOHURD Secretary of towns and villages, Wu Zhi Qiao Charitable Foundation.(2009).Anti-seismic Rammed-Earth Village House DIY Construction Manual.Beijing:China Architecture & Building Press.

-MU Jun.(2010).Strategical Study of Sustainable Architecture Development in Poor Rural Regions of Southwest China,.PhD,The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

-YANG Hua.(2010).Seismic Test of Rammed Earth Wall and Reconstruction of Demonstrate Residence After Panzhihua Earthquake, Master, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi'an.

-WAN Li, WU En-rong, MU Jun.(2011).Assessment of Indoor Thermal Environment in Rural Area of Southwest China and Optimization Design-Taking Post-quake Rebuild Projects of Ma'anqiao Village for Example.Journal of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering,33,117-120.

-WAN Li, Edward NG, MU Jun.(2011).MOHURD No.1 Site: Post-Earthquake Village Reconstruction and Demonstration Project in Ma'anqiao Village.Eco-city and Green Building,6,58-62.


-Design for Asia Award 2010 – Merit Award

-Green Building Award 2010 – New Buildings – Asia Pacific, Institutional/Community Project Grand Award

-The 2nd China Architecture Media Award – Committee's Special Award

-UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Award 2011 – Jury Commendation for Innovation

-The 12th National Challenge Cup-Grand Prize