设计师团队：周源，GADOR LUQVE，叶思宇，付海燕，孔圣琪 ，贺德，符永鑫，黄承熙，刘祎，刘荣伶，刘宇坤
From left: Kenya Hara, Translator, Wang Yun, Liang Jingyu, Wang Hui, Zhou Yanmin, Yung Ho Chang
右二：土谷贞雄 The second right: Sadao Tsuchiya
By ALICE RAWSTHORN
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…….A different strategy is being deployed to similar ends in Dashilar. Like Cicheng, it has a rich history, albeit a younger one, rooted in the 1300s. Located in the heart of Beijing, near the Forbidden City, Dashilar was a bustling commercial center for centuries, when its narrow hutongs were filled with opera houses, silk shops, opium dens, tea houses and brothels, as well as the city’s first cinema and stock exchange. But in recent years, when other areas of Beijing have been transformed by redevelopment, Dashilar has been neglected. “When we first started telling people we were doing projects in Dashilar, the common response was: ‘You’re crazy, no one wants to go there,”’ Mr. Chen recalled.
Dashilar narrowly avoided the wholesale redevelopment of other areas of Beijing. By the time the development process was due to start, the cost of relocating and compensating local residents had become prohibitively expensive. Beijing Dashilar Investment, the government-owned real estate developer for the neighborhood, decided to make the most of its shabby, but charming hutongs.
Working with the Beijing-based architectural group, Approach Architecture, it formed a project team, Dashila(b), which has implemented a conventional urban regeneration strategy of renovating the historic buildings and persuading designers, architects and artists to occupy them. Less conventionally, Dashila(b) has also tried to rekindle the local craft heritage by bringing new artisans into the area and nurturing existing businesses, which include historic shops like Nei Lian Sheng, a shoe store founded in 1853 to make cloth boots for the imperial court.
Dashila(b) began by inviting Beijing Design Week to organize temporary exhibitions and workshops in Dashilar for each of the past two years, and by opening pop-up shops. It now plans to convert a disused factory commandeered by Beijing Design Week into a permanent gallery, and to run a regular program of debates and workshops on design, craftsmanship and architectural restoration.
Some of the designers and artisans that have rediscovered Dashilar through such projects have been persuaded to open studios there, as they have in Cicheng. That should make it easier to persuade others to follow, and to sustain the once-imperiled craft traditions of, at least, two parts of China.
Cultural Exchange: Restoration is taking a hold in China
Crumbling buildings, instead of being torn down and rebuilt, are being revitalized into galleries, studios or boutiques. Beijing Design Week advances the effort.
October 20, 2012|By Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore
BEIJING — Behind a scrappy red door in an old Beijing hutong, or alleyway, stands a derelict late-Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) courtyard house. The expansive space, with open ceilings that give it the feeling of an abandoned abbey, has had myriad incarnations. Believed to have started as the luxurious living area of Manchu nobility, it was turned into a school, then a plastic factory, then a hostel. Now sunlight pours through broken windows onto edgy artworks temporarily there for a design festival.
It’s just one place, though, in a bigger plan for reinvention of Dashilar, a historical dilapidated neighborhood in the heart of this city. Tales of demolition and rebuilding of vast swathes of the old city, with locals forced to relocate to make way for malls and high-rises, are common, but here an urban development experiment is aiming to revitalize old buildings for more innovative uses.
Authorities have teamed with Beijing-based Approach Architecture Studio to breathe new life into alleyways largely considered slums, where residents cram into divided courtyard spaces without plumbing. Buildings in Dashilar, rather than being knocked down, are starting to be turned into galleries, studios or boutique shops.
“It’s hard for [the government] to imagine there is another way for them to develop old Beijing aside from destroy and rebuild,” says Liang Jingyu, principle architect for Approach Architecture Studio. “We want to give them the confidence to use the space in a creative way. And this will encourage the locals to follow or copy. Polish the old part and you see real beauty there.”
方案及部分施工图设计：场域建筑 | 项目建筑师：周源 | 室内：英泰行 | 施工图设计：西北院