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Beijing record : a physical and political history of planning modern Beijing

Author: Jun Wang
Publisher: Singapore ; London : World Scientific, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Beijing Record, the result of ten years of research on the urban transformation of Beijing in the last fifty years, brings to an extended Western audience the inside story on the key decisions that led to Beijing's present urban fragmentation and its loss of memory and history in the form of bulldozing its architectural heritage. Wang's publication presents a survey of the main developments and government-level  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jun Wang
ISBN: 9789814295727 9814295728
OCLC Number: 708216110
Description: xxii, 512 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, plans ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Chapter 1 --
Preservation vs. Demolition --
"Transformation" of Old Beijing --
Demolition vs. Preservation --
"Will our Capital City be Moved to another Place?" --
Chapter 2 --
Antagonizing Views on Beijing's City Planning --
Differences Surface --
Beijing, the Greatest --
Debate between Friends --
Map of Monumental Structures in Besieged Beiping --
"Transforming Consumption Cities into Production Cities" --
Chapter 3 --
The "Liang-Chen Proposal" --
"Charlie Chen" --
Planning for New Urban Center --
Debate with Soviet Advisors --
Proposal on the Location of the Central Administration District --
Chapter 4 --
Controversy on "Liang-Chen Proposal" --
Opponents to "Liang-Chen Proposal" --
City Walls: Preservation vs. Demolition --
In Defense of Old Beijing --
"Death" of Liang-Chen Proposal --
"Where Have Those New Buildings Actually Been Built?" --
Chapter 5 --
Controversy on Dawuding. Zhang Kaiji's "Self-Criticisms" --
Tradition vs. Modernism --
"For the Second Best" --
"Waste" under Attack --
Chapter 6 --
Perplexities of the Wise --
Chang'an Left Gate and Chang'an Right Gate --
Wu Han Launches Attacks --
Big Compounds Developed Into Enclaves --
Chapter 7 --
Pedantism --
Self-defense in the Campaign of Airing Views --
Political Storm --
A Pair of Famous Opponents --
"Chen-Hua Alliance" --
A Pair of "Sworn Enemies" --
Chapter 8 --
Blueprint Revealed --
Master Plan Drawn --
City Wall Dismantling Spree --
Forbidden City Rebuilding Plan Unimplemented --
Administrative Center in the Old City --
Urban People's Commune --
Chapter 9 --
Clean Break between the Old and the New --
Disputes over "Wide Roads" --
Final Demolition of the City Walls --
Paris Tour --
A Day like A Year --
"Making a Clean Break with Old Material Culture" --
No Answer to be Found --
Chapter 10 --
Lingering Sound, Hard to Die --
Sigh at this Man --
Too Much Entanglement to Clear.
Responsibility: Wang Jun.

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A survey of the main developments and government-level (both central and municipal) decisions, dealing with the 1950s and 1960s, when Beijing experienced a critical wave of transformative events.  Read more...

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Beijing Record is handsomely illustrated with rare photos of Beijing during its destruction in the 1950s. -- The New York Review of Books "The New York Review of Books"

 
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