Parts of the booming Chinese economy, urban villages host rural migrants looking for job in cities. Different from the slums of Mumbai, Rio and other places of permanent poverty, urban villages are thresholds to urban life for millions of rural migrants. They play a critical role in the urbanization process being the economy's labor base.
Kangle is a typical urban village in Guangzhou. Like the majority of urban villages, it defies a simple definition. Considered by the city residents as a place of dirtiness and congestion, it i a place with a multitude of patterns and realities. Lack of acknowledgment that urban villages possess enormous social capital and economic power leads to massive demolition programs which is a common response that causes labor shortages and monotonous urban image. We propose an approach of gradual change that will trigger self-development. Our research showed a set of urgent problems of Kangle village; they are: lack of basic facilities and poor condition of communal space. We designed a kit that will address these needs, made of basic building materials, pre-fabricated and constructed as an addition to existing buildings, it will be aggregated into the network of public spaces and serve multiple needs of the community. Combined into an adaptable system this will upgrade the existing conditions and build a sense of community, assimilating it with the city.