Phase 4: Preparing to Share: Emerging Ideas
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.
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.