Phase 4: Preparing to Share: Emerging Ideas

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Looking Back:

I have looked at the final products of Miranda M., Jeffrey Z., and Sarah C.


In order to fully examine architectural destruction in Xizhou, one must consider destruction for a political agenda, destruction in the name of so-called 'progress', and destruction due to forces of nature.


My audience will be people who witnessed the Cultural Revolution and anyone who is interested in finding more about the destruction of buildings around Xizhou. I think that people studying the Cultural Revolution and its ripple effects may also have interest in my final product. Because my product will be hosted on the Internet, anyone and everyone with access to an Internet connection will be able to take a look at my final product. Finally, future Microcampus students who would like to continue my research can look at my final product for ideas and helpful sources.

Supporting Details:

For political destruction, one must consider the political climate of the time, people's attitudes toward damaging architecture, and the culprits of the damage. In terms of destruction for 'progress', one must also consider possible benefits and disadvantages to destroying old buildings. Finally, in terms of destruction due to forces of nature, one must consider the different causes of damage and which causes do the most damage.


I will be presenting my final product in an iMovie presentation, incorporating different facts and stories told from different perspectives with images and videos taken during my stay in Xizhou, as iMovies can offer the viewer a more immersive experience with voice-overs and other forms of media that cannot be expressed using photo essays, Keynotes, etc.


After 28 days in Xizhou, a small town in rural southwestern China, I am ready to report my findings on the destruction of architecture in Xizhou that can be grouped into three categories: destruction for a political agenda, destruction in the name of so-called 'progress', and destruction due to forces of nature. These include the political climate, villagers' attitudes, the culprits of damage, benefits and disadvantages to destruction, and different causes of damage and which have the greatest impact.


Hi, William!

Hi, William!

I believe that people's attitudes toward architecture will further damage and destruction in Xizhou. Of course, these attitudes have, are currently, and are certainly capable of damaging or destroying these buildings. As many villagers do not care about protecting old buildings, they destroy entire (or parts of) buildings to make way for newer, more modern, and more often than not, larger homes and businesses with plenty of modern conveniences that would otherwise be absent from, or more difficult to add to, the original buildings.

I hope that answers your question!

I am fourteen years old and I was born in Mountain View, California but have since then moved to Shanghai in fourth grade. Xizhou was an awesome place to discover more about myself and the "real" China. I still miss the clean air, delicious food, and friendly people of Xizhou. All active and future Microcampus students can feel free to ask me for advice!