The Resource New Beijing : re-inventing a city, (videorecording)

New Beijing : re-inventing a city, (videorecording)

New Beijing : re-inventing a city
New Beijing
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re-inventing a city
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New Beijing
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reinventing a city
Beijing is experiencing the most rapid redevelopment since Haussmann redesigned Paris in the 19th Century. By 2009 little of the old city of Beijing will remain. Olympic crowds marveled at the new face of Beijing as it unveiled - an impressive array of symbols by some of the world's best-regarded architects: the Watercube and Birds Nest, the National Theatre, the CCTV Tower and the Beijing Capital Airport. International architects, Paul Andreu, Australia's PTW, Foster and Partners and OMA, show us their iconic buildings, all built or completed 2008 the Olympic Year, and discuss the experience of working in China. While the impact of foreign architects on China may be greater than just the symbolist buildings they create, some Beijingers express concern that these buildings aren't 'culturally appropriate' and question whether they are indeed the best international architecture. Qianmen, a historic district and the home of Peking Opera, was demolished and re-constructed with Beijing authorities unveiling it for tourists in August 2008 as a bizarre restoration of 'Old Beijing'. Local resident Zhang Jinqi is running an inspirational project to photograph Qianmen in the face of the demolition. He has gathered a group of citizens to photograph remaining heritage districts. In January 2009 Zhang and colleagues, with funds from The Ford Foundation, open an exhibition called "Memory of China" looking at cultural heritage in cities across China. The architects of the iconic buildings and their future visions contrast with Zhang's project to photograph the last heritage districts. Juxtaposing Old Beijing with the new city being built in its place; we explore what effect of the reconstruction and how it is turning the intellectual and cultural heart of China into a globalized metropolis. This film raises questions about the future of China, and about all of our futures, but it is firstly a portrait of a city with a distinct cultural and intellectual identity, which is disappearing overnight. With 400 cities of the size of Beijing to be built by 2020, China has little time to reflect on its past
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Director/producer: Georgia Wallace-Crabbe ; co-producer: Gregory Miller ; editor: Kevin Hinchey ; composer: Dan Wallace-Crabbe
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New Beijing : re-inventing a city, (videorecording)
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4 3/4 in.
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