Beijing Design Week 2017: Baitasi Remade

In a fast-changing city like Beijing, urban planners and designers puzzle over how to preserve the remains of historical identity while improving residents’ quality of life in old neighborhoods. Round upon round of demolitions and relocations have been reshaping the city and its social fabric for a good three decades. So far, commercialization and gentrification of hutongs have been the only way to save old blocks from land-craving developers. Altogether, it’s a widely debated dilemma.

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