Date of Award

Spring 6-4-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master in Interior Architecture [Adaptive Reuse]


Interior Architecture

First Advisor

Ernesto Aparicio

Second Advisor

Markus Berger

Third Advisor

Yaminay Chaudhri


The existing community of the Dashilar neighborhood of Beijing is too economically dependent on tourists, who ever grow in number, resulting in the continuous compression of residents' living space. Most of the residents living in the neighborhood today are elderly people who do not want to move and migrant workers who are attracted by the low rents. International visitors are attracted by the long cultural history of Dashilar, which goes back 500 years. I am interested in reviving the cultural + commercial attributes of Dashilar, using craftsman as a medium to activate the productive values of local residents and to avoid the decline and marginalization of these same locals in the context of uniform global urbanization mono-urbanization. The nostalgia-filled targeted intervention in Dashilar that this thesis proposes is not just a monument to the past, but a way to prevent marginalization and to break the imbalance in the ratio of user groups in Dashilar. The Guoguo Guanyin Temple in the center of Dashilar today contains not only historic buildings worthy of preservation, but also unregistered informal houses built by residents themselves. In order to ensure that the historical buildings are protected and the lives of locals living in unregistered buildings are not greatly disturbed, I will use abandoned spaces in the Huguo Guanyin temple to carry out micro interventions – with minimal intervention to drive the vitality of the whole region. By replacing segments of the walls of these abandoned spaces with transparent materials (including the auxiliary building of Huguo Guanyin temple and some non -registered buildings) and adding door openings, the circulation of this closed courtyard can be well opened to make the whole space more transparent. At the same time, the scheme inserts living space, studio and sales space of craftsmen into these scattered abandoned interiors. This intervention will not only improve and optimize the missing community functions, but also give tourists more direct access to cultural experiences.


View exhibition online: Jiali Tian, From invisible to visible



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