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‘Protected’ status still not enough for courtyards

Global Times by Xu Tianran, Wednesday 8 December 2010

Even “protected” status cannot help two courtyards in Xicheng district, Beijing, that will be demolished for a street-widening project on December 28, the district Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development said.
Small blue plates reading “protected courtyard” marked the doors of the No.215 and 213 courtyards; meanwhile the Chinese character chai, or “demolish,” was prominently scrawled on the wall of No.215 Tuesday.

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Analysis of Public Participation in the Case of Protecting Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin’s Former Residence

By He Muren

Editor’s note: CHP strongly supports public participation as a way to advance cultural heritage protection in China. The following article by CHP volunteer, He Muren, examines the impact of public participation in shaping the outcome of a particular case: the protection of Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin’s former residence.

Liang Sicheng and his wife, Lin Huiyin, were two of China’s most outstanding architects. They designed the national emblem of the People’s Republic of China and the Monument to People’s Heroes. The national prize for architectural design is named after Liang Sicheng (the “Liang Sicheng Award”), in order to honor his contribution to the nation through design.

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Demolition Notice for the Former Residence of Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin Reappears!

The former residence of Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin in the No. 24 courtyard on Beizongbu Hutong in Beijing is an important site for both Chinese cultural and art history. The second half of 2009 saw the sudden formation of a cultural protection movement to prevent a further tragic destruction of this residence. To reflect upon this event, the participants of this movement wrote “Preserve the former residence of two of China’s greatest architects”.

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CHP-UCCA Lecture Series: Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin – The Lowdown

Protecting the Former Residence of Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin – The Power of Public Participation

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It was a sweltering hot day in July of 2009 when we heard the shocking news that the former residence of Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin was about to be demolished. Thanks to efforts from many sectors, in November of 2009 the former residence of Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin was named an immovable cultural relic for preservation. Summer is here again and, in what feels like the blink of an eye, almost a year has passed. But, worryingly, the follow-up preservation work for the residence is still yet to begin.

In order to continue to promote the important role that public participation takes in cultural preservation, on 9 May 2010, Beijing CHP held a lecture entitled “Protecting the Former Residence of Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin – The Power of Public Participation” at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. Cultural protection legal expert, and CHP founder, Mr. He Shuzhong chaired the lecture which included honored guests Xinhua News Agency senior editor, member of the editorial board of “Liaowang” weekly magazine and author of the book “Chengji”, Mr. Wang Jun, CHP volunteers Tanya Ning and Yi Lu, who designed the protection plan for the residence, and Zhang Pei, who represented the volunteers who worked on this project. Read more»

Power to the people?

Global Times by Matthew Jukes and Wang Fanfan on Thurs, 21/01/2010

eXisi North Street. Photos: Guo Yingguang

Xisi North Street. Photos: Guo Yingguang

The old and restored Xinhua Bookstore in Xisi

The old and restored Xinhua Bookstore in Xisi

On New Year’s Day, the Xinhua Bookstore in Xisi reopened to the public after two-and-a-half-years. The two-story Qing style building has a pungent smell of paint, a stunning red color and artificial drawings on its beams. It stands in the northwest corner of the Xisi intersection, like an alien in the neighborhood.

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