Photo of the day: Ancient Building, Modern Logo


Our photo theme this week: Remaking Baitasi. Baitasi is a monument in west-central Beijing, named after the Yuan Dynasty White Stupa Temple. In recent years, it’s also become a site of Beijing Design Week, an annual, city-wide program showcasing leading ideas in urban design. Some background on Baitasi and its recent evolution into a BJDW “core area” here.

Of course, as an event driven by design, Baitasi’s presence on the BJDW program screamed out for an update on the gentle curves of the Yuan Dynasty stupa. Posters showcasing this sleek, angular, Modernist take on Baitasi’s famous profile were literally plastered all over the surrounding hutongs for this year’s Beijing Design Week.

Compare with the original:

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