Chinese developers demolish home of revered architects

 

Beijing Neighbourhood

The Guardian carries a report of some recent demolition work in Beijing, this time of the former home of one of the people who campaigned against the destruction of the city’s historic architecture.

Their appreciation of China’s ancient buildings and their devotion to preserving its heritage made them two of the country’s most revered architects.

But now the home in Beijing where Liang Sicheng and his wife Lin Huiyin once worked lies in rubble – having fallen prey to the development they feared would destroy their city’s ancient streets.

Liang Cheng

The demolition has horrified heritage experts. Liang is known as the father of modern Chinese architecture, and much of his and Lin’s most important work was carried out while they were living in the courtyard house in Beizongbu Hutong in the 1930s.

It was knocked down by developers over the lunar New Year, despite the fact it is rare for labourers to work during the festival, raising suspicions that the company hoped to avoid publicity.

 

(Read more at Chinese developers demolish home of revered architects | World news | guardian.co.uk)

Liang Cheng. Photograph: Al Fenn/Time & Life Pictures/Getty

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