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PROJECT: Xisi Bei Development, Beijing China

TYPE: Exhibition and ideas comission

CLIENT:  Xisibei Developer ltd./ National Library of China

DATE: 2007

CREDITS: Alfredo Ramirez, Eva Castro, Holger Kehne,

Xisi Bei district is one of the 25 hutong protected zones in Central Beijing and as such is subjected to this development pressure that is leading its “siheyuan” typology into extinction with the traditional urban life being reduced and in certain cases eliminated.

The project proposal attempts to use this traditional system of urban organization as a basis and starting point for the reinterpretation and growth of Xisi Bei area. This is achieved through building a catalogue of a generative typology of four- combine- gardens upon the concept of probability, consequently breeding a wide domain of modular arrangement onto the block of Xisi Bei.