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” historic style. The project will be finished in 2013, reported the Beijing Youth Daily Thursday.

Oh dear, I don’t believe I’m alone in thinking the last thing Beijing’s ‘protected areas’ need is more “neo” historic style buildings…

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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.

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