Beijing Courtyards Then and Now Under the summer shade of a century-old poplar tree, two elderly people are playing Chinese chess, each holding a traditional cattail-leaf fan in their hand, chatting and laughing over gossip and family news. In the trees, chirping crickets drown out outside noise, making the alleyways feel even more secluded. Towards the end of the narrow lane, a ponytailed… Read more →
BIG THANKS to those who have shown continous interest and support to our CBR Speakers Series! We just hosted our June presentation with architecture office studio O, thanks to all of you, it was another good night of inspiration and fun conversations. With the title “Memory & Identity: renovation as narrative” Cristiano Bianchi and Enrico Ancilli, two partners of studio O,… Read more →
At our last Speakers Event Chris Barclay talked about his experience restoring an old temple in Yunnan and shared with us his philosophy on building restoration.
CBR would like to thank everyone who joined us last Thursday for a viewing of “The Making Of The Temple Hotel” hosted by Juan van Wassenhove and Lin Fan, two of The Temple Hotel’s founders. The event was held at The Temple Hotel (???) – A cultural platform renovated and repurposed from an ancient temple, now featuring a mix of… Read more →
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… Read more →
The State Administration of Cultural Heritage has started restoration works on the Eastern Qing Tombs located on the north-eastern outskirts of Beijing.
Four short recordings from Bruce in Beijing interviewing Matthew Hu from the Courtyard Institute on Beijing courtyard life and the importance of community involvement for the preservation of old Beijing.
From January to May 2014 I temporarily joined one of the largest building restoration companies in China; China Heritage Conservation Center (CHCC). During my time at CHCC I was able to become involved in several projects, including the restoration of Wuhan University’s 1930s dormitory buildings (described in more detail below). In this post I’d like to share some of the insights from my… Read more →