Protecting the Spirit of Hutong: A Case Study of Nanchizi Precinct, Beijing

Qian, Fengqi (2008) Protecting the Spirit of Hutong: A Case Study of Nanchizi Precinct, Beijing. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors:
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Qian, FengqiUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: cultural landscape; vernacular landscape; spirit of place; intangible heritage; urban renewal; renovation; heritage at risk
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
D.URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
D.URBANISM > 04. Rehabilitation
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 06. Cultural landscapes
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 27. Vernacular architecture
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Nanchizi Precinct, Beijing, China
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2010 16:54
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/33

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