Amy

Passionate about all things related to traditional architecture and cultures Amy has a keen interest in building restoration and sustainable architecture. Living in, and traveling around China has given Amy the opportunity to become increasingly exposed to many different forms of traditional Chinese architecture and local Chinese cultures.

China's Fast And Furious Urbanization

China’s Fast And Furious Urbanization

 This was an article first published in the Architecture Source (13.11.12) discussing China’s rapid urban development and the social effects attached to such growth. The article talks about the same dilemma encountered in other fast-developing countries, namely the ability of a government to mass-develop a city, yet once completed it lies abandoned.  Lack of infrastructure and services, no pre-existing economy or… Read more →

China's Low Carbon Zones Not Necessarily Low Carbon

China’s Low Carbon Zones Not Necessarily Low Carbon

 Here is an article from China Dialogue (12.11.12) that I came upon on how government designated low-carbon industrial zones in reality seem to be that in name only. This article, although not directly linked with our main topics of discussion here on Project: China, does sum up quite well the general approach to the still new notions of sustainability and low-carbon… Read more →

10 Historic Towers At A Crossroads

10 Historic Towers At A Crossroads

Penglai Pavilion An article by the People’s Daily Online (12.11.12) discusses a failed attempt to apply for World Cultural Heritage status for 10 historic towers due to a lack of consensus. This article (indirectly) follows on from a previous article posted here and originally covered by The China Daily on what appears to be the same committee’s cry for better “efforts to… Read more →

Big Plans For China's Huge Eco-City

Big Plans For China’s Huge Eco-City

Business Insider article published at the beginning of the month (02.11.12) on China’s plans for an entirely new eco-city named the “Great City” on the outskirts of Chengdu. Scroll down the article to see the interesting concept design by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.   The “Great City” is a plan for an ambitious urban center designed to limit its… Read more →

Dashilan's Inevitable Fate?

Dashilan’s Inevitable Fate?

This article was originally published in the Global Times (09.11.12) and discusses the ongoing development projects in the Qianmen area of Beijing, using the example of the former Quanyechang department store as an example of  the Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning’s approach to building preservation.   It said historic buildings will be preserved, and there will be eight new buildings in “neo”… Read more →

Preserve, Restore Or Create Anew?

Preserve, Restore Or Create Anew?

Article featured in the Global Times (06.11.12) on the Old Summer Palace, YuanMingYuan, and the ongoing debate about whether to restore, rebuild or simply preserve the site. The article outlines the shift in people’s outlook over the past few decades towards how best to commemorate this part of China’s history. Although a few people are still debating whether to rebuild the Old… Read more →

Preserve And Protect

Preserve And Protect

 Chinadaily article (06.11.12) reporting on the joint declaration recently made by the authorities in charge of 11 ancient towers calling for more efforts in preserving China’s cultural heritage. Authorities in charge of the ancient towers lamented the fact that most of the towers have lost their original surroundings as well as the sense of the environment in which the towers… Read more →

Increasing Signs Of Sustainable Design

Increasing Signs Of Sustainable Design

Beijing City Article featured in inmanNEWS (02.11.12) about the “western” perspective on China’s outlook on environmental policies and how this is at odds with the reality of what China is already doing, and has been doing for a while, in the name of sustainability. This article deals more with the general issue of sustainability in China, rather than specifically with regards… Read more →