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Protecting the spirit of Hutong : a case study of Nanchizi Precinct, Beijing

conference contribution
posted on 2008-01-01, 00:00 authored by Fengqi QianFengqi Qian
This paper uses a case study of Nanchizi precinct to assess the impact of the spirit of hutongs in Beijing. The renewal of historic precincts rejuvenates old quarters on the one hand, on the other, it may pose threats not only to the built fabric but also to the spirit of historic precincts. Hutong is a living cultural landscape in Beijing representing of unique characteristics, complex historical layers as well as the way of life of its citizens. The recent decade witnesses the renewal of historic precincts in Beijing, which has greatly changed the historic vernacular landscape. How to accommodate changes while retain the spirit of Beijing’s traditional habitat is a question facing the heritage management. This paper argues that continuity and change of the landscape are inter-related, and that an effective conservation regime needs the enhanced awareness of the history of interaction between people and place.

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Event

International Council on Monuments and Sites. General Assembly (16th : 2008 : Quebec, Canada)

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1 - 10

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ICOMOS

Location

Quebec, Canada

Place of publication

[Paris, France]

Start date

2008-09-29

End date

2008-10-04

Language

eng

Publication classification

E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

Title of proceedings

ICOMOS thematic workshop on cultural heritage and climate change : 16th general assembly and scientific symposium, Quebec, Canada, 1 October 2008, issued 1 March 2009 : report.

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