The question of how to renovate the Beijing City Wall Ruins Park raises issues that engage exhibition, architectural, landscape, and urban design, not to mention cultural relics protection. It demands that we consider our attitude towards history. The walls and towers that used to surround the city have disappeared over the years of changes and demolition. Except for the Zhengyangmen Tower and Deshengmen Tower, only a fragment exists a section of the Ming Dynasty wall in the southeast corner of the inner city.
The length of the project site is about 1.5km, which includes the wall fragment. By using the tools of exhibition design, I reactivate the old city wall and the spirit of the place. In my opinion, such a project is of great cultural significance in the process of Beijing's urban transformation. The area surrounding the wall is the threshold for the transformation of Beijing's old city and the outside world. The corner building of Dongbianmen is a landmark event before you enter Beijing station by train. From the perspective of history, it is the key area that can reflect the past development of Beijing city, as well as the development at present and in the future.
For me, it is the interpretation of places, such as memory, materials, people's lives, and possibilities. In these elements, it records rich historical aspects. However, these elements are gradually disappearing in such a corner of the city that is under the charge of different administrative regions and national departments. In view of it, my problem lies in how to reweave these elements into the changing urban texture of Beijing and how to use events to weave various activities to this place. In planning and design, architects are more willing to wake up the memory and show the level of history instead of reconstructing the city wall and making fake history, who are more willing to leave all kinds of possibilities for the future instead of adding permanent structure to the city wall, and are more willing to let the charm of history itself show naturally here instead of making a beautiful landscape.
The exhibition renovation of the Ming City Wall ruins not only transformed the original exhibition facilities, let people better understand this historical monument, but also let this historical monument be integrated into the lives of contemporary people. Different exhibition facilities serve people and ruins. It can be said that the exhibition facility is the link between the ruins and people. So how to better establish this bond and how to maximize good relationships have become the main problem solved in this project.