Beijing Begins to Renovate the Hutong in Dashilar
Recently, the “Dashilar Pilot” Project, in collaboration with Beijing Design Week, is undergoing in Dashilar. The project aims to improve the quality of life there, and revitalizes the Hutong community by working with urban planners, architects, designers and artists.
They take on the challenge to bring direct, tangible and positive change to the community, while protecting residents and independent craftsmen from the impact of mass tourism.
This “Dashilar Pilot” program is first launched in 2013, which is a headlining cooperation between the Dashilar community and Beijing Design Week. The program looks to new perspectives and solutions to improve living standards for local residents, making creative thinking a matter of daily life.
Dashilar, is pronounced as ‘da shi la r’ by the local people. It may be the most ancient, famous and distinctive commercial street in the hutongs of Beijing. Located outside the Qianmen Gate, it takes only dozens of steps to walk from southwest Tiananmen Square to its east end. The prosperous classes of the ancient capital nurtured Daliar’s businesses. Now, it is famous for all kinds of stores that remain an antique flavor. Many people come here to experience the relics of historic wealth.
In Beijing old hutongs, people are moving out of the courtyard, there are more empty houses, many of which are in poor condition. To make use of these houses without damaging their original structure or disturbing the people living nearby, the project will renovate the courtyard house in an unprecedented way.