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Event: background to Yuanmingyuan artist village

A walk down memory lane, Sunday July 22, 2007, from 3pm on

"With all its treasures, Notre Dame is no match for Yuanmingyuan, that enormous and magnificent museum in the East."
Victor Hugo

The following short-cut through the history of Yuanmingyuan and its role in the landscape of the Beijing artist village's is completely made up of information featured on other websites. Links to those websites can be found at the bottom of the post.

This collection serves as the background for the bei-ci excursion through Yuanmingyuan (Garden of Gardens) with Jiang Jun (editor-in-chief Urban china Magazine) on Sunday July 22, 2007.

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Yuanmingyuan Artist Village

18th century

The Beijing Consensus: Notes on the New Physics of Chinese Power


It’s tempting to think about what destination China might reach in
20 years. Will it be a seething pot of nationalist hate? A rich,
super-large Singapore, warlike only in the board room? The common
conceit of most non-Chinese policy planners is that in 20
years China will be a “near peer” power, bumping up against the
United States in terms of economic and possibly military might.
Thus, this logic runs, the next 20 years must be devoted to either
engaging China to shape its rise or working to contain the country
so it doesn’t acquire more power than the current global power
leaders. But the fact is that no one knows what China will look
like in 20 years.


Joshua Cooper Ramo is Managing Partner in the office of
John L. Thornton, Senior Advisor to Goldman Sachs and professor
at Tsinghua University. Ramo’s advisory work focuses on
political, economic and business areas with a particular emphasis

Interpretation of China Space - Renovate Restorate Renew

International Invitation for an Exhibition of a Conceptual Design for New Xisi Bei Street, Beijing

Exhibition Period: June 16 – 19, 2007
Exhibition Place: National Library, 39 Baishiqiao Road, Beijing 100081, China

Republished with permission by Keru Feng, assistant curator

General Description of the Project

1.Project Location

The Rise and Fall of Beijing’s Creative Business District

This article was published in Commercial Real Estate #4 April/May
2007. Republished with permission.

For more information check Commercial Real Estate in China


The creative industries, which comprise of the arts, media, and
design, are among the fastest growing economic sectors globally. The
global market value of the creative cluster was estimated at more
than 1 trillion U.S. dollars last year. Since Richard Florida
published "The Rise of the Creative Class" (2002) it became a must-
implement for civic policymakers, city planners, developers, artists,
arts administrators and public officials. Recently the Chinese
government decided to invest more in the Creative Industries and its
effect can be felt. Besides being a concept, the creative industries
need a dynamic and stimulating urban and artistic environment from