historic preservation

Uncertain Future for Architectural Treasures

Breakneck development and urbanization campaigns often threaten the relics reflecting China’s ancient architectural tradition. An article from Caixin takes us to the northern province of Shanxi, a “treasure trove of...

Old Building Restoration Taking a Hold in China

Starting from the reinvention of Dashilar, a historical neighborhood in Beijing, innovative architects are racking their brains to balance city development and cultural preservation. From Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore at The Los...

Razing History

In the Atlantic, Jonathan Kaiman writes about the destruction of Beijing’s historic neighborhoods, including the hutongs surrounding Zhongnanhai, the central leadership compound, which were on a protected list compiled in...

Developers Demolish Home of Revered Architects

Liang Sicheng is known as the “father of Chinese architecture.” He and his architect wife, Lin Huiyin, lived in an ancient courtyard home in Beijing from which they fought for the preservation of Beijing’s...

Zhang Song: China’s Urban Disease (1)

China Dialogue translates an interview in Southern Metropolis Daily with urban preservation expert Zhang Song about the Shanghai Expo and its impact on the city: Zhang Chuanwen: For the first time, the theme of the World Expo is...

A Wrecking Ball for Beijing’s History – Peter Ford

The Christian Science Monitor writes about the families facing the demolition of their homes in Beijing’s historic Dongsi Batiao neighborhood: The conflicting interests of renters crammed into slumlike corners of the old yards on one hand, and owner-occupiers seeking to protect their patrimony on the other, makes a common front unlikely among the 90 families […]

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