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Rehabilitating the Old City of Beijing: A Project in the Juer Hutong Neighbourhood Liangyong Wu

Rehabilitating the Old City of Beijing: A Project in the Juer Hutong Neighbourhood

Liangyong Wu

Published January 1st 2011
ISBN : 9780774842037
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264 pages
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Seventy years of revolution and turmoil have had a severe impact on the miraculous ancient urban form of Beijing, but economic growth since the early 1990s has threatened to deal the coup de grace. In Rehabilitating the Old City of Beijing, WuMoreSeventy years of revolution and turmoil have had a severe impact on the miraculous ancient urban form of Beijing, but economic growth since the early 1990s has threatened to deal the coup de grace. In Rehabilitating the Old City of Beijing, Wu Liangyong presents an impassioned plea to turn the tide of demolition and offers a new direction for the planning and development of Chinas capital.Wu, a student and colleague of Chinas first architectural historian, Liang Sicheng, is a champion of the human-scaled development and a voice for conservation. But above all, he is an architect, and it is through his own projects, built and unbuilt, that he advocates a more humane vision of the city. Wus project for the renewal of the Juer Hutong (Chrysanthemum Lane) neighbourhood in the heart of Beijings Old City takes pride of place in this book.A thoughtful analysis of those aspects of the ancient capitals features, which the project aims to respect and conserve, is followed by a detailed account of the design and development process of the project itself. Architectural drawings and photographs of the completed project, and data on the neighbourhoods resident population present the state of the art in Chinese residential design and planning -- a field that is deeply challenged by reforms sweeping through the entire economy and society of the country.Urban historians, conservationists, planners, and architectural scholars and practitioners interested in Chinese cities, or in any of the worlds great capitals, will want to read this book.