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Design week spotlights Dashila'r revival effort

2014-09-02 14:48:28

(China Daily)


A street scene from Dashila'r, one ofBeijing's oldest alleyway communities. Provided toChina Daily

Dashila'r, one of Beijing's oldest alleyway communities, will launch a new revival program called Plug-In Stations this year. The project encourages the design,art, performance and retail communities to join in the revival of the old neighborhood.

One of the oldest shopping areas in Beijing, Dashila'r dates back more than 500 years; today it struggles with its dated infrastructure and aging community. The project will be showcased from Sept 25 to Oct 3 as part of the Beijing Design Week, an annual weeklong event that celebrates the value of design and design talents in China.

Creative pop-up shops and spaces will be set up on the street in Dashila'r by designers, artists, performers and craftsmen to regenerate the community. Restaurateurs and retailers can take part as well. One Plug-In Station will be around 20 square meters, and all the stations will have a standard visual image and be promoted as a whole.

The Plug-In Stations will be located in the liveliest places, organizers say. All the vendors will be featured on a map, a smartphone app and a guidance system. All the organizations and vendors will be subsidized for the exhibition cost and the venue fee. Nonprofit exhibitions will not have to pay the venue fee.

At the same time, the Dashila'r Pilot, a project that was initiated last year, will be expanded this year. Architects, artists and the local community will use designs to solve a series of public problems in the area.

As a long-term project, the Dashila'r Pilot invites the design community to set examples for the local community. The project will focus on architecture, communal facilities and handicrafts this year.

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