Confetti Urbanism

Cadence Bayley, Sai Joshi, & Sam Naylor
In the last 100 years, the Taishan countryside has failed to abate its decline. Its aging population is matched by an equally decaying architectural fabric. Meanwhile, the massive Taishanese diaspora continues to flourish in larger cities nearby and abroad. Its current stagnation belies its cosmopolitan origins. The region’s heyday was, in a sense, the very catalyst of its decline - the migration of residents was accompanied by economic and social opportunities. The earlier pattern of remittance and return grows increasingly uncommon as familial ties stretch thin across generations.



Regional Plan

Fragment Plan

Cluster Plan

The territory’s spatial evolution is limited to the extremes - the industrial mono-crop farms lease individual plots of land while remaining residents make minor adjustments to dwelling interiors. The spaces between - the architectural and urban fabric - are most resistant to change and therefore fundamental to the region’s growth.



Our Confetti Network seeks to resist the typical hierarchical approach to contemporary Chinese countryside development. Drawing inspiration from traditional landscape paintings and the relationship between landscapes and villages it proposes a network of interrelated nodes -- reinforcing the traditional relationship between each village cluster and the surrounding landscape. By strategically spreading out the development we seek to leverage the cultural balance of villages and farms, of yin and yang, rather than subject every surface of the hinterland to an endless application of urban sprawl. This project takes the position that continued legibility and the simultaneous evolution of architectural and landscape form is fundamental to the successful development of the countryside.


Pointillism Vignette 

Pointillism Presentation

Reinstating Agency Vignette

Collective Courtyard Vignette

Collective Courtyard Presentation

Reinstating Agency Presentation