Re­viv­ing In­dus­trial Her­itage

Bei­jing is tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to awaken for­mer in­dus­trial sites and com­bine the mem­ory of these times with ur­ban de­vel­op­ment. These projects are in line with the city’s role as China’s na­tional cul­tural cen­tre.

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Wang Wei Edited by Justin Davis

The strik­ing yel­low char­ac­ters “尚8” (shangba) can be found at the south­east cor­ner of the Si­hui Fly­over out­side the 4th East Ring Road. This is the name of a cul­tural and cre­ative park. It is a ren­o­vated fac­tory area that pro­duced elec­tronic com­po­nents many years ago. Lo­cated among re­in­forced con­crete struc­tures on Chaoyang Road, the Top New Film In­dus­trial Park is an­other cul­tural and cre­ative park. For­mer store­houses for a gar­ment fac­tory were ren­o­vated to make it. The fash­ion­able area fea­tures red brick and tile. Dawan­glu Sta­tion is part of Sub­way Line One. It is on the east ex­ten­sion of Chang'an Av­enue. The Langyuan ( Vin­tage) Cul­tural and Cre­ative Park has been cre­ated in a ren­o­vated fac­tory and is cre­at­ing an eco­nomic mir­a­cle on the west side of this sta­tion.

Many in­dus­trial her­itage sites in Bei­jing have been up­graded, mod­ernised and de­vel­oped into cre­ative parks. The Xin­hua 1949 Cul­tural and Cre­ative Park, Zhong­guan­cun 768 Cul­tural and Cre­ative Park, Lai­jin Cul­tural and Cre­ative Park and Diantong­shidai Cul­tural and Cre­ative Park are a few ex­am­ples. Bei­jing is tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to awaken for­mer in­dus­trial sites and com­bine the mem­ory of these times with ur­ban de­vel­op­ment. These projects are in line with the city's role as China's na­tional cul­tural cen­tre.

Two hun­dred thirty three old fac­to­ries have been va­cated in Bei­jing to date. One hun­dred and ten of them are pro­tected and have been re­de­vel­oped. Some of these have be­come cul­tural and cre­ative parks. They are the van­guard of the city's cul­tural and cre­ative in­dus­try and pro­vide new ur­ban and cul­tural land­scapes.

Pho­tos by Li Xiaoyin, Xiu Yuchen, Yang Cheng, Zhao Yue and cour­tesy of the Uni­ver­sal Cre­ative Park

3. A gallery at the 77 Cul­tural and Cre­ative Park

2. The of­fice of Mafengwo (a travel ser­vice sup­plier) in a cul­tural and cre­ative park that was for­merly a fac­tory area

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