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August 18, 2010

"The Lost City" (video review)

A Chinese man plays with his son near his partially demolished house at the Qianmen Huton in Beijing. June 8, 2008
© AP Photo / Andy Wong, File

Source: AP Images

The Lost City: Beijing
Presented by Liu Chang Le

In light of China's preparation for the 2008 Olympics this video presents the problems of balancing cultural heritage and city development with a look at the hutong, the traditional courtyard home, and its disappearance in Beijing. Many of the homes were destroyed to make way for roads to help relieve the problem of traffic congestion or to provide room for more modern housing developments. This demise of the hutong and its conflict with modernization is examined within its historical context from city planning under Mao to the destruction of cultural landmarks during the Cultural Revolution. Interviews with the homeowners express the difficulties of their displacement and the importance of preserving the hutong as an example of traditional architecture and the history of Beijing.

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

Posted by rmassare at August 18, 2010 12:00 PM


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