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Update on the Demolition of Former Residences of Liang and Lin

Victory of People and Civil Society

The demolition of the former residence of Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin incited strong opposition from the public. The public attention and criticism, especially those towards Beijing Cultural Heritage Department, have become the most visible cultural phenomena in the past couple of weeks. To our relief, the citizens’ voice has been heard and started to take effect:
The most “official” media in China, including People’s Daily, CCTV, Guangming Daily, clearly stated their criticism towards the destruction. The criticism resembles the commentary of CHP. The highest administration of cultural heritage affairs in China—National Bureau of Cultural Relics stated publically that Liang and Lin’s former residence is an important monument, and should be adaptively protected. Under the harsh pressure, Beijing Cultural Heritage Department confirmed that the residence will not be demolished.
The joint force of the public, the laws, and the media altogether can protect cultural heritage to the farthest extent. During the process, the value of cultural heritage is also being elevated. The wrecked ruins is now more than the famous architects’ residence. It is a milestone of China’s forming civil society.

Stay tuned!

July 28, 2009

Read more:

The Beijing Cultural Heritage Department Permits Destruction of Former Residences of Famous Architect

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