An exploration into the trend of dismantling, relocating and reassembling entire structures in the name of building preservation and what this might mean for the future of China’s heritage preservation.
Here is an article by the International Herald Tribune on the restoration of the Hall of Rectitude in the Forbidden City. Seeing as the original complex burnt down in 1923 I’m not sure it can accurately be called a restoration, and perhaps would better suit the title of ‘reconstruction’. The complex - initially created in 1697 - consists of 10 Buddhist buildings originally… Read more →
Article on the trend in China of seeking a UNESCO World Heritage plaque and the cash incentives attached to such status.
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 preserve cultural… Read more →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Article from the New York Times (02.11.12) on the challenges faced by local governments when trying to revitalize and restore ancient historic cities and their local crafts. This article features the example of the old town of Cicheng, in Zhejiang province, southern China, and their more unconventional attempt at a holistic approach to the problem by encouraging local artisans and craftsmen… Read more →