The Institute of Excitation’s work, A stranger of NO.23 courtyard, turned the NO.23 courtyard in BaiTasi into an experimental space. Various artistic installations highlighted the illusion of a courtyard; the unordered installations and the collage tectonics confused the sense of space. Architects renewed Hu Tong to micro-Hu Tongs, new compound-yards, inner box Hu Tongs, parasitism Hu Tongs, etc. All the living place and public space have been remade locally or in small scale, exploring a possibility of future life.
The Renewal Process of Urban Historical Blocks was neither simple and crude demolition nor shopping mall. Focusing on social stability and a prosperous life, seeking correct protections of historical blocks in a new cultural environment, where under traditional culture and urbanization, are the best way. With the help of intelligent technology, historical blocks also should pay attention to the creative industry, to achieve a win-win situation, as well as separating the social and structural of the community space.
A fresh community is a recombination of Old and New culture. Revival can’t be a passive protection any more. Only to promote the community’s development, to explore historical culture in depth, to find cultural brands, to integrate public interest into economic development, are fulfilling the sustainable development of blocks. In addition, it still needs to gather steam in many parts of Art, Fashion, Media, Tourists, Residents, etc. To better establish the mechanisms of self renewal of historical blocks.
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