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Tai'An Old Town Post-Disaster Reconstruction Guideline, Dujiangyan
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At the end of August, 2008, ‘‘Tai’an Old Town Post-Disaster Reconstruction Guideline in Dujiangyan, Sichuan’ was completed jointly by WHITR-AP (Shanghai) and Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning and Design Institute. Tai’an Old Town was situated in the buffer zone of World Cultural Heritage, Mount QingCheng – Dujiangyan Irrigation System. At the 5.12 Sichuan earthquake, Tai’an was one of the places that have suffered the greatest damage in Dujiangyan Area, with more than 80% commercial buildings and residences severely or moderately destroyed, and some parts of the public buildings, like the Buddhist statue and wall paintings also were damaged.


The research aims to ‘re-construct the hometown, improve the physical functions, and beautify the landscape’. It discussed the possibility of improving the general function, traffic network and infrastructure of the town, and advocates to organize self-reconstruction by the local residents under the reasonable planning guidelines to the restoration and reconstruction of all the 87 damaged houses at town. It also discusses the topic on how to integrate the local traditional architectural styles into the post-disaster reconstruction process, and helps to define four different building categories: a. Those that own the traditional architectural features and need to be renovated; b. Those that both the overall building styles and the details are needed to be reconstructed according to the local styles; c. Those that can be harmonized with the local styles through appropriate decoration in the renovation or reconstruction process; d. Those new buildings with the traditional cultural sense through new design ideas. According to the above categories, the local residents could renovate or rebuilt their homes and contribute to the conservation of the local architectural character.

 

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