Suzhou Sets up “Gene Database” for Ancient Architectures
It is reported in the “World Heritage Protection Forum - Protection and Repair of Ancient Architectures & World Heritage Education” that Suzhou will set up a “gene database” of ancient architectures by installing information monitor systems in the ancient architecture. This will make a significant contribution to the protection of ancient architectures in China.
The monitor system will record the whole process of the repair including the materials and the architectural form; as a result, a complete database will be set up. In 2006, Suzhou applied the monitor system in the Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden, and Lion Forest Garden and the result was quite satisfactory. In May 2009, the system was installed in Ouyuan Garden. Some officers from the World Heritage Office of Suzhou indicated that “we can rebuild the garden according to our “regeneration code” reserved in the dynamic information system if the garden was destroyed in an earthquake or fire. This is quite a significant measure for the protection of ancient architecture.”