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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / Opinion LineEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsTalk from streetDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPKeeping alive architectural memories vital(China Daily) Updated:2016-01-04 07:56Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallArchitecture of Wuzhen. [Photo by Geng Feifei/China Daily]
The recent central urban work conference, the countrys highest-level urban planning meeting, asked cities to maintain their traditional traits when it comes to architecture and cultural diversity. This is a welcome move because traditional buildings are living memories of a city, says Dai Rongli, a researcher at Beijing Society for Philosophy of Nature, Science and Technology, in an article in Peoples Daily:All modern cities look alike. All of them have similar buildings with glass facades and look more like concrete jungles, which obscure our memories of the past. We have realized the importance of preserving old buildings to look back proudly at our culture, but sadly not many such structures are left. Our traditional buildings have been demolished, old communities have disappeared and our traditional culture is nowhere to be seen.Old buildings are living histories. Every age has its characteristic buildings and they tell us how people lived in that age. In other words, old buildings are live museums where people can temporarily escape from the vagaries of todays fast-paced life.Many cities in China have such attributes. In Beijing, you can feel the contrast between the ancient imperial and civilian life by walking the streets beside the Palace Museum. In Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, you can hear the stories of the citys prosperous families by just touching a stone in a building. And in Pingyao, Shanxi province, you can read how commerce flourished on the streets. Had all these old buildings been destroyed, their stories would have disappeared too.It is important to remember that “old” does not necessarily mean “outdated”. Instead, old buildings can teach architects and engineers how to design new structures.Thats why the call of the Central Urban Work Conference is comforting. The countrys top leadership has realized the importance of protecting old buildings in cities and urged all local governments to protect them. The entire country should heed the call.(China Daily 01/04/2016 page8)8.03KRelated StoriesTianjin launches green architectureEthos of giving that finds free expression in architectureDougong in traditional Chinese architectureBeijing bans fakery in traditional rural architectureChinas largest Miao-style architecture complex to open in Pengshui, ChongqingAncient architecture lovers Wutai tripPeople interested in classical architecture go to Mount WutaiTraditional performing stage-essential part of Chinese architectureMost Viewed Todays Top NewsTread cautiously on retirees medical insurance policyLawbreaker at large?Pride and prejudice in anti-terror fightSocial importance of parental leave for fathersMilestone year for Chinas diplomacyForum TrendsOur forumites make their own 2016 calendarHow an American views China and USIs public breastfeeding appropriate?12 stories that touched the heart in 2015Squat or sit?To eat or not to eat processed meat?Building world-class universities in ChinaColumnistsPoetic translation riles critics, pulled from shelvesWhere on Gods green Earth does Paris fit?Featured ContributorsLaw could reduce domestic violenceConstructive role in defusing the Syria crisisStar BloggersWhy I choose to be positive about life By Michael MurphyWhy do I choose to be positive about life? Well, simply put, it makes me happy and has proved to be the best way of life I could have ever chosen.The tragic fate of the Paris attack victims By François de la ChevalerieCharlotte and Emilie Meaud, twin sisters, were killed at the terrace of the Carillon, during the attacks on Paris, on the 13th of November.A season of goodwill By TedMThis was because I hated what Christmas has become in the West; a season of goodwill and smiling faces, the thrill of shopping or making gifts.SpecialPresident Xis UK visit in foreigners eyeSino-US love storiesGlobal views on Chinas WWII anniversary…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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