Beijing (1950s)/ A Two-Center Beijing Under the Liang-Chen Proposal
In 1950, Liang Sicheng and Chen Zhanxiang brought up The Suggestion of the Location for the Administrative Center of Central Government (《关于中央人民政府行政中心区位置的建议》), in which the main idea was to put the administrative center to the west of the existing old city to prevent large scale demolition and provide more space for future development.
Nonetheless the fate of this proposal shared that of many ancient architectural structures in Beijing. Too eager to make progress and change Beijing completely with socialist goals, the central government failed to appreciate Liang and Chen’s suggestions.
Source : http://untappedcities.com/2013/08/09/the-beijing-that-never-was-a-two-center-beijing-under-the-1950-liang-chen-proposal/