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.