August 18, 2010
"The Lost City" (video review)
Source: AP Images
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.
Posted by rmassare at August 18, 2010 12:00 PM