How do we learn to stop building new eco-cities, and love our old cities? It is clear to the world that China has experienced a phenomenal growth both in terms of its urbanization and wealth over a very short period of time in recent history. It is generally predicated that by 2025, more than 350 millions people will migrate into cities, and by 2030, more than 1 billion people will be living in cities.
As an alternative to the life and death kind of struggle between Old and New now or the “fake” historicism of the recent past, we imagine another way Beijing could be developed. “Exploding” the old city, where authentic fragments of the old city relocated to grow with the new urbanization. These fragments forms the center of each new district of development at outskirt of Beijing, while also allows ultra modern development to penetrate into the old city center, to inject new energy.