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STRATEGY OVERVIEW
SUMMARY
Dashilar Project is an open platform where parties and stakeholders can collaborate on exploring new methodogies in reaching this goal of a truly indigenous, sustainable and vibrant old city centre. Through the guiding principle of Nodal/Organic Revitalisation, Dashilar Project’s actions involve small scale experimentation and intervention on not only the physical infrastructure, such as architecture and services, but also the social, cultural and economic aspects of the area, the soft infrastructure.
"Tabula Rasa" Development
"Nodal" Development
Shared Platform
Each party in the project, no matter at the planning or executive level, including businesses, local authorities and communities contribute different information to the project and have their different needs and expectations from this project. According to the policies, all parties should be involved in the process and share the same goal, instead of being purely profit-driven. Once the unsustainability is removed from the project, the goals would be crystal clear on two aspects: first, to improve the quailty of houses and buildings in the area; secondly, all distinctive cultural features of the area, tangible or intangible, should be recognized as cultural assets of the city. Each party knows by heart the best efforts they could do for the project, although the effects might be difficult to see on the short term. If the effectiveness and recognition are not considered integrally, the project would most likely result in mediocre.

Organic Urban Renewal
Like any other underdeveloped historical neighborhoods in Beijing, the preservation and redevelopment of Dashilar area is facing an array of problems, such as high population density, lack of public infrastructure, declining environment, outdated business types, and strict government control over construction in the preserved district. It is nearly impossible to either introduce a mass redevelopment scheme or find an effective way to get local residents involved in the renovation process. The conflict between improving living enrivonmen, rebuilding local community and preserving historical urban fabric, establishing sustainable urban development led to the inability and lack of motivation for local residents to be involved.It is urgent to implement an alternative development model to Dashilar, to replace the conventional 'Tabula Rosa' Development with 'Nodal' Development, which would renew the area with a flexible nodal network, and to connect the social, historical, cultural and urban aspects of the whole area. Scattered courtyards and alleys, as a part of the plan, will be refurbished and put to use by new businesses. These small hubs in the area will continue to influence the whole neighborhood organically. Encouragement towards collaborative projects between local residents and business owners, and shared social resources, Dashilar is expected to be a fusion area with both old and new habitants, creative businesses and a continuously co-dependant neighborhood.


Node Plan
Dashilar Platform - A Shared Network for All