Summer Workshop and Design Challenge

The two-week long student workshop gathered students from different institutions into discussions and activities exploring the history and infrastructure of Dashilar. The ideas and strategies they generated in the 5-day design challenge were aming to tackle different problems in the preservation process of Dashilar. Architecture studio BaO won the challnge.

Academic Forum: Dashilar, Preservation and Revival

During the design week, Chinese and international experts joined officials from local authorities in a discussion about the new possibilities to organically reinvigorate Dashilar.


Intangible heritage is as important as any physical heritages, such as the lifestyles formed in this area. Wiping them out all together is not preservation, and we've seen such cases in Beijing and Tianjin. In the field of heritage preservation, Dashilar has been a national focus - Beijing holds great influence to other cities how to act to the problem, therefore this project is crucial to many other similar projects to come.
——Aoki Nobuo, Honoured Professor at Tianjin University, Director at International Research Institute on Chinese Culture Preservation

We need to take into consideration the joint power of different business, organizations and institutes in reinvestigating urban preservation, instead of a simple and top-down approach, especially in projects to renew historical areas. This demonstrates a just government and builds up confidence among citizens.
——Zhu Xiaodi, Principal Architect at Beijing Institute of Architecture Design

Dashilar project's academic insights spans across multiple disciplines, from architecture, urban planning, design, art, history and culture. As the first preservation project with a focus on node planning, there is a great significance in the researh layers on both theoretical and practice levels.

Around the time of Beijing Design Week 2013, different study groups including students from Central Academy of Art (School of Communications) and the Netherlands (Towards 2050 project) and Denmark visited the area for workshops and discussions. Central Academy of Art included the research on Dashilar into the curriculum, especially with the long-term integration of the Dashilar Pilot project.

ABITARE, the design / architecture magazine devoted one special issue to Beijing's Hutongs, listing Dashilar as one of the featured chapters.

Dashilar is also a case study of the architecture project Met Hutong, where key persons from the renewal project attended numerous round table meetings, sharing the project with the curious audience.

'10 Year in Dashilar' was comprised of an exhibition and a forum discussion on the developmen of Dashilar in the past decade. It reviewed the preservation and redevelopment of Yangmeizhu Xiejie, node planning and other renewal projects, while discusing possibilities and opportunities for historical and cultural enriched areas.