Beijing / Bibliography

WANG JUN. (2011) Beijing Record: A Physical and Political History of Planning Modern Beijing. World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.

Wang Jun’s book Beijing Record clearly records the key decisions that led to Beijing’s present urban fragmentation and its loss of memory and history in the form of the bulldozing of its architectural heritage. This book discusses the vision by historians, urban planners and journalists that have written or commended on the transformation of the city Beijing.

This book also analyzes the stories about lives of architects and planners including Liang Sicheng, Lin Huiyin, Chen Zhanxiang and Hua Lanhong.

 

 

1 Comment on “Beijing / Bibliography

  1. I happen to have read this book as well and learned a lot about the stories during that period. The author really gathered tons of materials and resources helping to construct his narrative.

    On the other hand, I feel that the author takes his position and thus has a strong feeling towards the history. For instance, I can feel his pain when he describes the loss of the city wall and the contamination of the urban original form of the ancient Beijing. And he seems to assume that Liang Sicheng’s proposal could have solved the problems we have in today’s Beijing. I surely can not the judge his hypothesis because the unhappened can not to proved. But still it is good to read his position and gain knowledge about the suffering of Liang Sicheng as well as the city.

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