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An Open Letter to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on Its 2013 RIBA Award for Galaxy Soho

To Whom It May Concern at RIBA:

From the recent Weibo (Sina miniblog) post by the Honorable Ambassador of the United Kingdom, we have learned that the Galaxy Soho project, designed by British Architect Zaha Hadid, has won the 2013 RIBA award. Many of us in China were very shocked when they learned this news. The Galaxy Soho project has violated a number of heritage preservation laws and regulations, including the Measures for the Protection of Historical and Cultural Landmarks of Beijing, The Beijing City Master Plan, and Plans for Protection of Historical and Cultural Landmarks of Beijing. It has also caused great damage to the preservation of the old Beijing streetscape, the original urban plan, the traditional Hutong and courtyard houses, the landscape formation, and the style and color scheme of Beijing’s unique vernacular architecture. During the land acquisition process, the legal rights of the original hutong residents were also grossly disregarded. The Galaxy Soho Project is definitely a typical unfortunate example on the destruction of Beijing old town; but, not withstanding, it has been selected as a winner of your award. Many of us in Beijing are very disappointed and offended.
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History vs. history as China plans to rebuild past

By LOUISE WATTAssociated Press

Associated Press/Andy Wong - In this photo taken on Dec. 26, 2012, a bicycle is parked outside a Hutong home with a demolition notice seen behind the entrance wall near the historical Drum and Bell Tower in Beijing. The district government wants to demolish these dwellings, move their occupants to bigger apartments farther from the city center and redevelop a square in 18th century Qing Dynasty fashion. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Associated Press/Andy Wong - In this photo taken on Dec. 26, 2012, a bicycle is parked outside a Hutong home with a demolition notice seen behind the entrance wall near the historical Drum and Bell Tower in Beijing. The district government wants to demolish these dwellings, move their occupants to bigger apartments farther from the city center and redevelop a square in 18th century Qing Dynasty fashion. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

BEIJING (AP) — In a corner of old Beijing, the government may soon be both destroying history and remaking it.
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Can NGOs Change the Status of Cultural Heritage Protection in China? The Case of CHP as an Example

(by Wang Yunxia & He Shuzhong, Realising Cultural Heritage Law,

A collection of essays edited by Lyndel V. Prott, Institute of Art and Law, 2013)
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Public Concerned About the Fate of East Gate Remains in Tongzhou

Recently, a blog by Yuan Shui Gu Qu (远水孤去) has triggered controversial public discussions  about an ancient site in Beijing.

Beijing Tongzhou District is building a new line of subway, and at the site of a planned station, the Remains of its East Gate as well as its Barbican Walls have been discovered. The remains are kept rather complete, and we can identify obvious locations of roads, pavements, and gutters inside the barbican walls. This subway station locates by a main street, and there are real estate developments on both sides, so this area has obvious high commercial value. In order to ensure the construction process of the subway, the local government is planning to “cut and move” the entire remains of the east gate, and then “restore” it when the subway station construction is completed.
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Public Opinion: Beijing Guggenheim Museum Should Not Be “ Inserted” in Huang Shi Cheng (Qing Dynasty Imperial Archives)

Plan of Beijing Guggenheim Museum

Recently, a Chinese architecture design studio announces their plan for Beijing Guggenheim Museum. As stated by the architect, “The contemporary insertions into the complex are designed to impact minimally on the fabric and character of Huang Shi Cheng, whilst being completely distinct from the existing structure in form and appearance. Although the new exhibition buildings aim to maximize available space in their strategic locations, they are self-contained structures that make no contact with the historic buildings around them.” This design had caused a lot of controversy once reported by the sina miniblog of China Museum Magazine. In order to give the public a chance to share their concerns, and to help the public opinion being heard effectively, Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center (CHP) has sent out an open invitation, so those who are concerned about the public interest on this cultural heritage preservation issue can participate in the discussion.

After the discussion, consensus has been formed, and everyone agrees that, Huang Shi Cheng, which was used to keep the imperial decrees, historical records and archives, is one of the most sacred heritage buildings in the Ming & Qing Dynasty Imperial City. Its main entrance, main hall, east & west annex buildings, as well as its imperial tablet pavilion were all built with traditional brick and stone structures; and it is now still surrounded by an old purple wall, and is one of the most intact buildings inside the Ming & Qing Imperial City. In order to protect Huang Shi Cheng, the Chinese government has listed it as the National Level Heritage Site, and has included it as the most important site to be protected in the Imperial City Preservation Plan. According to the Cultural Relics Protection Law, any construction project irrelevant to the protection of the site within the compound of Huang Shi Cheng should strictly be prohibited. If this design is to be implemented, it will be an illegal project. It will not merely be disrespectful for the historical value and artistic value of Huang Shi Cheng, but even a total intrusion and occupation. This plan has shown the disparaging attitude of the architects towards laws, and their intention to exploit on historical resources, with no sympathy for our past.

We all agree that, when facing challenges in preserving a historical monument, the humble attitude embraced by Confucianism should be its basic moral principle. If we leave aside the high moral values, we should at least observe the principle of equality and abide the law. We appeal the government to take up its full responsibilities and protect Huang Shi Cheng strictly by ruling out the plan for “inserting” the Beijing Guggenheim Museum. We also suggest that Huang Shi Cheng should be opened to the public as early as possible, so its historical and artistic value can be appreciated by the public and fully realize its social educational functions. This is also the responsibility of the government.

At the same time, we still have confidence towards the Guggenheim Museum, as we believe that the prestigious Guggenheim Museum would not be happy to see its Chinese partners conducting anything that might cause damage to the Chinese cultural heritage. We believe the Beijing Guggenheim Museum, should it choose to move to another site, will find peace and harmony with the Beijing old city, and the Chinese historical monuments.

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2012-06-30

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