Beijing s
 Beijing’s Hutongs




Paul Kwok Keong McMurray
         384014
Context
• My study examined the economic impact
  that these hutongs have had on tourism,
  as well as discussed issues su...
Position
• That they should be preserved for future
  generations as they can have a greater
  economic impact in the long...
Important figures
• Between 1990 and 1998 the city of Beijing
                      1998,
  demolished 4.2 million square ...
Why?
• Aggressive programs of urban renewal
  and urbanisation

• Littl emphasis on cultural, hi t i l
  Little     h i   ...
Why?
                     y
•   Victim of modernisation

•   Need for major restoration - sub
    standard form of housing...
Why?
• No longer seen as economically viable

• Government has relied on taxes and
  profits from land sales to fund other...
Can the Hutongs be saved?
• Yes! - Predominately through tourism and
  new thinking on regeneration

• Three Methods
  - C...
Conclusion
• N d f b tt regulation of l d
  Need for better l ti   f land
  development

• All three alternatives show tha...
References
• http://www.utne.com/uploadedImages/utne/blogs
  /Media/Beijing-Hutong.jpg?n=9416
  /Media/Beijing-Hutong jpg?...
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  1. 1. Beijing s Beijing’s Hutongs Paul Kwok Keong McMurray 384014
  2. 2. Context • My study examined the economic impact that these hutongs have had on tourism, as well as discussed issues surrounding their destruction due to urban renewal projects. projects
  3. 3. Position • That they should be preserved for future generations as they can have a greater economic impact in the long term and are integral to the culture and urban design fabric of Beijing and Greater China.
  4. 4. Important figures • Between 1990 and 1998 the city of Beijing 1998, demolished 4.2 million square meters of housing in the old city • B t Between 2003 and 2006 a thi d of th d 2006, third f the 62km squared area that makes up the central part of the old city has now b t l t f th ld it h been destroyed (UNESCO)
  5. 5. Why? • Aggressive programs of urban renewal and urbanisation • Littl emphasis on cultural, hi t i l Little h i lt l historical, scientific and artistic value of the hutongs • Decreasing amount of unbuilt space and demand f h d d for housing i • Market potential of land based development and rising house prices
  6. 6. Why? y • Victim of modernisation • Need for major restoration - sub standard form of housing lacking modern amenities • Many residents no longer satisfied with their living conditions • Located in valuable central and strategic valuable, city areas
  7. 7. Why? • No longer seen as economically viable • Government has relied on taxes and profits from land sales to fund other expenditure
  8. 8. Can the Hutongs be saved? • Yes! - Predominately through tourism and new thinking on regeneration • Three Methods - Commodification - Disneyfication - Regeneration (Ju’er project) (Ju er
  9. 9. Conclusion • N d f b tt regulation of l d Need for better l ti f land development • All three alternatives show that economic and social d i l development d l t does not h t have t come at to t the destruction of Beijings Hutongs • Need for balance between heritage versus housing shortages and affordability h i h t d ff d bilit • Tourism has knock an economic knock on effect
  10. 10. References • http://www.utne.com/uploadedImages/utne/blogs /Media/Beijing-Hutong.jpg?n=9416 /Media/Beijing-Hutong jpg?n=9416 • http://www asianet fi/asianet/english/databases/ http://www.asianet.fi/asianet/english/databases/ material_bank/6_pictures/pics/China_Hutongs_ Vaclav_Laifr.jpg ac a a jpg • Tibet Heritage Fund International (2010) Beijing (2010). Hutong Conservation Plan http://www.tibetheritagefund.org/media/download/h utong_study.pdf
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