About the Speaking Series
We’re happy to announce that our new speaking series got off to a good start last Thursday with the first presentation titled “Historic Preservation in China” by Gary Feuerstein. The courtyard where we held the event was packed with visitors, mingling and enjoying the last of the evening sun on the raised platform overlooking the hutong roofs before the start of the talk. We’d like to thank everyone who attended this event, we hope you enjoyed it! For those who were unable to attend you can find the recording at the bottom of the page for either listening online or download.
CBR is currently working with anySCALE and the Courtyard Institute to promote building restoration by hosting this speaking series; which will focus on topics such as building preservation, restoration and retro-fitting, culture and heritage topics, and much more. Together we will be holding regular speaking events every month at the Courtyard Institute’s private courtyard venue right next to the Forbidden City.
About the Talk
With 5000 years of history China’s ancient forms of architecture are certainly considered rich in heritage and preservation value. However, with ongoing rapid development economically, culturally and politically, traditional architecture is fast being replaced by its modern counterparts. This situation is particularly true for large international cities like Beijing, where thousands of years of traditions struggle to survive in an ever-changing environment. As a result, historic restoration and preservation have become topical issues of discussion for China and will continue to increase in significance as these trends grow. “Historic Preservation in China” addressed the benefits of restoring a historic building vs. demolishing and rebuilding. Gary used 5 main principles to make his case:
2. Development Patterns
4. Resources and Sustainability
5. Embodied Energy
Click the link below to hear the full presentation.
Gary Feuerstein is an American Architectural Engineer with experience in designing Civil, Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical systems for more than 3000 buildings in the US, Canada and Europe and maintained embassies in Morocco, Baghdad as well as Beijing.
We’ll be hosting more talks and related events like this so please keep an eye out for our upcoming announcements through our newsletter. You can also join our new WeChat subscription group at @ProjectCBR to receive more information.
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