Initiative aims to restore Beijing’s neighborhoods
The Neighborhood Warming Initiative, the latest in a series of events for the Baitasi Remade Project, kicked off on Wednesday as part of the ongoing Beijing Design Week.
The Baitasi Remade project aims to establish harmonious ties between the Baitaisi (White Pagoda Temple) neighborhood and its residents through measures such as street improvements and historical building protection. The Neighborhood Warming Initiative is intended to restore the hutong (traditional alleyway) culture of Beijing’s old city thereby creating a “warm neighborhood” that has inherited traditional Chinese lifestyles while fulfilling the daily needs of modern city residents.
Among the events being held as part of the initiative XD-Beijing presents the milestones in protection and renewal of Beijing’s historic districts achieved by the School of Architecture of Tsinghua University; Mini Theatre by the Architecture School of the Central Academy of Fine Arts’ International Studio uses narrative spaces to recreate scenes of traditional daily life in Beijing’s hutong; while Colorizing Hutong and the Life Lab-Living Art Exhibition use installation works and exhibitions to encourage visitors to discuss and experience the traditional alleyways of old Beijing.
These events will be held until October 7.
Visitors walk around an exhibition about teahouse culture in the Baitaisi neighborhood in Beijing.