Xi Chuan on Beijing’s Temples & Modernization

Perhaps this should have accompanied my suite of three German posts, but here’s a description (in English, or in German) of a recent and ongoing project of Xi Chuan’s:

It appears that religious buildings in Peking, Buddhist and Taoist temples, churches and mosques haven’t been affected by the modernisation of the city. Their traditional architecture has been preserved, new buildings are not being built, and old buildings are having their traditional architecture restored. The environment around them, however, is changing at a rapid pace. They are now surrounded by chic shopping districts and modern high-rises with glass facades. The Peking writer Xi Chuan is taking a close look at the situation of religious buildings in an era of high-speed urbanism.