We here at Project: China Building Restoration are very excited to announce our new partnership with the architecture and interior design company anySCALE! This partnership will combine CBRâ€™s knowledge of all things related to Chinaâ€™s historical buildings with anySCALEâ€™s extensive architectural experience and innovative design solutions. With over 10 years of international and local China architecture experience, anySCALE brings access to building construction and technical… Read more →
Brief history of Dashilar A street in Dashilar during Design Week Located South-West of the Forbidden City, Dashilar was an area of commercial and cultural prosperity for over 600 years during Chinaâ€™s dynasty era, itâ€™s earliest form dating back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Due to itâ€™s proximity to the centre of power, Dashilar became an important trading and entertainment hub. Even today, itâ€™s home… Read more →
Restoration of Temple Restaurant Beijing has come into question as authorities question legality, presenting new challenges to cultural preservation in China as local and foreign business owners seek a sustainable and viable model.
There are different ways China is currently preserving it’s culture and architecture and in this article a comparison between two historic old towns in Yunnan is made; one with a UNESCO World Heritage listing and the other without.
A day spent wandering around historic Harbin. Whilst much of the European and Russian style architecture has been preserved much of it is falling into disrepair.
Radio AM 774 I was recently asked to do a live interview on a bilingual radio station, AM 774, to talk about building restoration in China. This came about due to one of the presenters, Bruce Connolley, finding me through David Ben Kay and my article I wrote on David and his work in 798. We discuss a range of topics; from… Read more →
My first introduction to 798 Art Zone was one of laser pointers, loud music and more leopard print lycra than you could shake a stick at. Yes, it was the 2011 INTRO music festival. Although a great venue for urban electronic festivals, 798 is most famous for housing Beijing’s vibrant art community. 798 Art Zone is an art district that… Read more →
I was lucky to find myself living in close proximity to one of the few protected areas in Beijing when I first moved here in 2010; the Dongsi ?? area in Dongcheng district. The 14 hutongs (traditional Beijing alleyways) in this area are under a high level of preservation protection thanks to some innovative courtyard restoration projects that started in… Read more →