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Big-Yard Compound (大院 dà yuàn): It originally refers to the traditional architectural morphology of courtyard housing that buildings are laid out surrounding one or a series of courtyards. It is also widely used to describe the urban morphology of large-scale, self-sustained and gated communities that became popular in Chinese cities during the planned economy period based on the so-called Danweis, i.e., working units.

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