Gallery: Tongji University’s Bamboo Para Ecohouse Embraces Daoist and W...

The sun was shining this weekend in Madrid as the doors of the European Solar Decathlon opened to the public, welcoming spectators to explore the structure-filled Villa Solar. One of the most eye-catching houses currently on site is China's Para-Ecohouse, which was built by students of Tongji University. Prior to the competition, the team promised a design that would incorporate Daoist theory, built upon active and passive systems that emulate "balance" -- one of the core principles taught in the classic Chinese school of thought. With their design, the team also pays respect to western philosophy, highlighting individuality and personal autonomy with a strict off-grid energy system.

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