This is a record of a place in flux, the hutongs of Beijing. It is not a complete, measured, well-organized physical record, but a patchwork where the atmosphere and essence of place can be experienced. It is a journey of discovery. It is a document that, in the face of terms such as heritage and preservation, reminds us of the intangible beyond.
The hutongs are a series of alleyways immediately surrounding the Forbidden City. The remnants of old Beijing, they are the geographical heart and center of Beijing’s ever expanding development. As Beijing undergoes a drastic transformation, the hutongs remain in a state of tension: between the old and the new, the large and the small, the imperial and the modern, the power and the people.
The hutongs exist outside of time. They are quiet and calm amid the chaotic life of an urban city. They form a place of escape, a city within a city, a secret garden. Moving through the hutongs, a person needs to constantly navigate boundaries, mediate divides, and cross thresholds.
The Lady in Red observes before thought takes form: the prelude to the formation of an idea that we cannot find time for. The Lady in Red explores encounters with the in-between. The Lady in Red grasps at the invisible threads that weave the fabric of place.
The examining committee is as follows:
Donald McKay, University of Waterloo
Anne Bordeleau, University of Waterloo
Dereck Revington, University of Waterloo
Fiona Lim Tung
The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.
The Defence Examination will take place:
Thursday December 18, 2014
Architecture Loft Gallery
A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.
7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4