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SUMMARY

Dashilar Pilot is an important section in the area's Node Development renewal scheme. It is a long-term investment in creative projects which explore the possitilities of a wide range of collaborations between architects, designers, artists, local residents and business owners. Starting from setting a few samples in the area, the project aimes to activate the creativity with inside of Dashilar and to make a community that create and build together.

Dashilar’s architectural, as well as it’s cultural, history iswoven into the sedimental bricolage of the often ad-hoc, andincreasingly dilapidated, residential and commercial buildingswithin its environs. Unlike many of the other historic areas ofBeijing, Dashilar was never trapped in some, late Qing dynastydie. Successive system’s, government’s and economy’s haveall impressed upon the built environment. Less effective inleaving its mark constructively has perhaps been Beijing’srapid evolution of its speculative property market. As Dashilarwas left relatively untouched during the market reforms ofthe 90’s and 00’s it has retained its urban fabric and historicauthenticity, but lost its stature and standard of living. Thoughstill retaining some of this rich cultural history, Dashilar, despiteits poor architectural quality, still houses and hosts a populouscommunity of residents, tourists and passersby. It is not howeveronly the historic architecture and traditional urban fabric thatare endangered. Due to a lack of public facilities, no responsive engineering to its aged infrastructure, and the impact fromglobalized mass tourism on small traditional businesses andcraftsmen, an entire community is under threat. Dashilar Pilotis a series of special pilot projects that aim to take on thesechallenges as an opportunity to make creative thinking trulymatter.

2016 Dashilar Pilot Calls for Proposal
With Hutong Vision and Laozihao Revival as the subjects, the 2016 Dashilar Pilot is a call for ideas open to international and local design professionals, students, institutions, private or public interested parties to devise pragmatic solutions responsive to key challenges related to Dashilar's built environmentand its cultural heritage.
PILOT HISTORY
Dashilar Pilot 2014
Proposal Collection of 2014 Dashilar Pilot
2014 Dashilar Pilot is a call for ideas open to international and local design professionals, students, institutions, private or public interested parties to devise pragmatic solutions responsive to key challenges related to Dashilar’s built environment and its cultural heritage. Over the course of centuries, Dashilar’s commercial ecology flourished in the form of specialized craftsmanship and businesses, making this part of town the commercial heart of the capital since the Ming Dynasty right up until the 1980’s. Can this stature be recaptured? Or can a new contemporary and reciprocal relationship, Cultural, Spatial and Economic, take shape between Dashilar and the rest of Beijing.
Dashilar Pilot 2013
Proposal Collection of Dashilar Pilot
Dashilar Pilot is a call for ideas open to international and local design professionals, students, institutions, private or public interested parties to devise pragmatic solutions responsive to key challenges related to Dashilar’s built environment and its cultural heritage. Over the course of centuries, Dashilar’s commercial ecology flourished in the form of specialized craftsmanship and businesses, making this part of town the commercial heart of the capital since the Ming Dynasty right up until the 1980’s. Can this stature be recaptured? Or can a new contemporary and reciprocal relationship, Cultural, Spatial and Economic, take shape between Dashilar and the rest of Beijing.