Enming Zhang

The World of Mortals

This thesis takes the reconstruction project of the Wangyue community in Changsha City as an example to discuss the issue of the sense of belonging in the old neighbourhood. The death of the old community is accompanied by changes in the social structure of the indigenous peoples. The dynamic street scene with its attractive food and complicated billboards has become the only testimony to the rich culture. Inspired by the work and writing of Nabeel Hamdi, this design-driven thesis argues for some small changes to celebrate the sense of belonging for this unique yet slowly disappearing community.