Recently completing a 146 day motorcycle trip around China allowed me to visit many of the unique cultural and architectural sites this amazing country has to offer. Over the next few weeks and months I’ll be writing in more detail about these sites, so stay tuned!
In May Stanford’s Urban Studies program: Human Cities China (part of the Human Cities Initiative) organsied a round table seminar at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The discussion was led by Stanford lecturers Deland Chan and Kevin Hsu, with Amy Mathieson, founder of Project: China Building Restoration, and Rosie Levine from the Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Centre invited as guest speakers. The four speakers shared their international experiences from Beijing, Shanghai, and… Read more →
Beijing Courtyards Then and Now Under the summer shade of a century-old poplar tree, two elderly people are playing Chinese chess, each holding a traditional cattail-leaf fan in their hand, chatting and laughing over gossip and family news. In the trees, chirping crickets drown out outside noise, making the alleyways feel even more secluded. Towards the end of the narrow lane, a ponytailed… Read more →
BIG THANKS to those who have shown continous interest and support to our CBR Speakers Series! We just hosted our June presentation with architecture office studio O, thanks to all of you, it was another good night of inspiration and fun conversations. With the title “Memory & Identity: renovation as narrative” Cristiano Bianchi and Enrico Ancilli, two partners of studio O,… Read more →
Last Friday the Guardian reported on a groundbreaking archaeological discovery of several vast medieval cities buried underneath Cambodia’s jungle, not far from the ancient temple city of Angkor Wat. Amongst other things the discovery revealed elaborate water management systems that were constructed hundreds of years before historians believed the technology existed. The ancient cities that were found are believed to… Read more →
CBR would like to say a big THANK YOU to those who attended last week’s YISHU 8 event for an interesting conversation with Caroline Odinet on “A Second Life for the Sino-French University”. Special thanks to Christine Cayol and Xue Yunda (founders of YISHU 8) who generously let us hold the event at their venue, and to Caroline Odinet (the lead… Read more →
Project: China Building Restoration wishes everyone a very happy new year! Special thanks to all of our followers for their ongoing support, we hope your 2016 has got off to a great start! Looking Back In addition to the articles on topics related to building restoration and sustainable building projects in China, in 2015 we deepened our partnership with architecture and interior… Read more →
At our last Speakers Event Chris Barclay talked about his experience restoring an old temple in Yunnan and shared with us his philosophy on building restoration.
CBR would like to thank everyone who joined us last Thursday for a viewing of “The Making Of The Temple Hotel” hosted by Juan van Wassenhove and Lin Fan, two of The Temple Hotel’s founders. The event was held at The Temple Hotel (???) – A cultural platform renovated and repurposed from an ancient temple, now featuring a mix of… Read more →