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SUNDAY, JUNE 3: "BEIGOU VILLAGE IN TRANSITION" WITH JIM SPEAR

Sun, June 3: “Beigou Village in Transition”, with Jim Spear.

WHAT: Beigou Village in Transition: A full-day tour of design projects around the village near Mutianyu.
WHO: Co-hosted by creators Jim Spear and Wenkai Zhong.
WHEN: June 3, Sunday, pick-up is 08:30 AM from Hilton Hotel, E. Third Ring Road, returning there around 17:00. The tour at Beigou will be 10:00 AM to 15:00  PM.
WHERE: Beigou Village, near Mutianyu
HOW MUCH: RMB 250 for Members, RMB 300  for non-Members. The cost covers round-trip transport, full lunch and a donation.
TO RESERVE: RSVP to communications.rasbj.org@gmail.com by Friday May 31, writing “Beigou” in the subject header and stating names and mobile numbers. We'll email you with payment instructions if you can have a place. Spots are limited to 15, with Members receiving priority until 18:00 Wednesday May 30. We’ll confirm your seat after receiving payment.

MORE ABOUT THE CREATORS: Jim Spear's vocation is residential and hospitality design in rural China. He is best known for his"Great Wall Style" and for designing and founding The Schoolhouse and the Brickyard Retreat, a unique hotel and spa that’s a repurposed tile factory below the fabled Great Wall. Zhong Wenkai, partner at Spacework Architects based in Beijing, studied architecture in the U.S. and has collaborated with Spear on many countryside projects. They are the creators of a transformative village development project, which they’ll introduce to us in this unique on-site walking tour, including before-and-after comparisons. Websites: www.chinaboundltd.com and www.spaceworkarchitects.com .


MORE ABOUT THE EVENT:
Timetable:
08:30   Depart Hilton Hotel, 3rd RING ROAD, 200M NORTH OF LIANGMAQIAO
10:00   Arrive Brickyard
10:15-10:45  AM Traditional Village Meets Modern World (talk)   
            Jim: Overview & Social Context
            Wenkai: Built Environment & Design Principles
10:45-12:30 Village Tour Part 1        
            Walk up through the village into the canyon.
            Apricot Lane (a recent residence by Jim)
            Big Rock House (Jim’s first house design in Beigou village).
            Eagle’s Rest (Jim & Wenkai joint design).
            Unrestored home visit, still inhabited village home by contrast.
            Walk back down to village square.
 
12:30-13:15 Lunch at Xiaolumian Noodle Shop (located on the square)
            Lunch and Q&A
            The restaurant buildings show the bones of an original home.
13:15-14:30 Village Tour Part 2
            Walk back down toward Brickyard
            Stone Forest and Lilac Cottage (other Jim designs)
            Private Residence Under Construction
15:00   Finish Up at Brickyard
17:00.  Arrive Hilton Hotel.
 

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