Pages from the instructional manual for the Courtyard Plug-in - an innovative prefabricated housing module, which integrates with old structures to bring them up to modern living standards.
Because historic methods of hutong (traditional Chinese courtyard neighborhood) construction lack energy efficiency and modern infrastructure, tearing down old structures and rebuilding them is usually considered the most cost-effective method of renovating. The Plug-in module offers a fresh alternative.
My interview with PA co-founder, James Shen, just went up on AlternativeBeijing.com
Fashionable people at the Maybe Mars 5th anniversary concert in Beijing, China. We’ve just put up our latest article and segment -filmed entirely at this concert- over at The Secret Guide to Alternative Bejing: Tuned in at Yu Gong Yi Shan. Check it out to find out how twenty-first-century indie music sounds when it’s only been around for twenty years.
It’s alive! My interview and studio visit with @Blacklickorish is up on Chinashop.
Interviewed by Susannah Hunnewell for the Paris Review
Read my interview with Miyu Decay’s Stephanie Inagaki.