Chinatown London Design Proposals – Prince Charles

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Chinatown Design Proposals

London Development by The Prince’s Foundation, England

15 Aug 2008

Chinatown Design Proposal

Proposals by The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment

Aimed to assist Chinatown to become more ‘authentically Chinese’

Prince Charles explained early in 2008 his desire to find ways to encourage the use of traditional Chinese craftsmanship and architectural practices using both UK and Chinese expertise to help Chinatown become more authentically Chinese. The move proved controversial with questions raised about why one community has been singled out.

Within the recommendations are plans for Chinatown town to embody more traditional design and craftmanship through the creation of a timber pagoda, screen garden, and gold lanterns as well as a series of monthly crafts markets showcasing Chinese creative talents.

Chinese mythology and Feng Shui will play a major role in the designs. The proposals, developed in conjunction with Westminster City Council have been submitted following a series of design workshops with the local Chinese community in Chinatown in May.

Hank Dittmar, Chief Executive of The Foundation said: “Chinatown will be adapting to the challenges of the 21st century using the best of both Chinese and British craftsmanship to ensure the area retains its distinctive mix of both traditions.

“The traditional buildings and street pattern of this part of Georgian London have adapted incredibly throughout the last century to accommodate the emerging Chinese life and culture and now plans are underway to make it even more vibrant.”

The full report is not due to be published until September, but the council and foundation have presented the initials findings to the London Chinatown Chinese Association, local landlords and developers and English Heritage.

Cllr Robert Davis, Council Deputy Leader, said: “We are working towards the goal of making London’s Chinatown the best in the world, and although it clearly has its own distinct identity, these plans will help to make it become more authentic. These would form part of the next exciting phase for Chinatown following the multi-million pound programme of improvements already carried out in the area.”


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