Beijing Releases First Catalogue of Protected Modern & Contemporary Buildings
Recently, Beijing Urban Planning Commission and Beijing Bureau of Cultural Relics jointly released the first Catalogue of Protected Modern & Contemporary Buildings in Beijing*, in which 188 modern and contemporary buildings at 71 sites are listed. In principle, it is forbidden to dismantle the buildings that are listed in the Catalogue, and new constructions should not be located at where these buildings stand. If it is indeed necessary to expropriate the sites for public benefits, the protection measures such as relocating the buildings for conservation should be adopted. The protected modern and contemporary buildings in Beijing refer to the valuable buildings constructed during the period from the mid 19th century to the mid and late 1970s, that is, from the beginning of the First Opium War in 1840 to the end of Cultural Revolution in 1976, excluding cultural heritage protection unit or registered cultural heritage.