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

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 to buildings…. Read more →

Cicheng's Old Town Revival Plans

Cicheng’s Old Town Revival Plans

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 →