Hakka Heritage

Proposal to Revitalize Zhenfu Lou

Xia Nanxi Village, Hukeng Town, Yongding County, Fujian Province
• Historical RecoFit+Natural Capitalism for sustainable redevelopment, south China
Jorg Ostrowski , Helen Ostrowski, Xiaoyan Li (& Minoru Ueda)


Zhenfu Lou, on Nanxi River


This revitalization plan for Zhenfu, respectful of its cultural and historical heritage,is a unique opportunity to resuscitate the past, retrofit the present and be ready for the future, as an nternational prototype for sustainable redevelopment of historic monuments (and villages) without
forced retirement into static museums. This generic approach to save and rehabilitate Hakka villages
is a privately-led partnership with Government and industry to demonstrate a new model or paradigm
for a sustainable future. Zhenfu and its land, can be reborn as a dynamic, living, breathing, leadingedge
Centre for Sustainable Living, Learning & Natural Capitalism 1 and Centre of Appropriate
Technology 2, 3, as the first RecoDevelopment project in a future Hakka BioSphere Plan 4 for
Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi and Jiangxi, based on the data, vision and recommendations below.