Dashilar, an area breathing Old Beijing just south of Qianmen, is making a comeback for Beijing Design Week 2012. Headed by Dashila(b), this hotspot accompanies China Millennium Monument and 751 D-Park as one of three spaces once again gracing the design stage. We are told that things will be different this year: whereas last year Dashilar debuted as an up-and-coming creative bloc with great potential, this year it aims to build on existing stories through various exhibitions, workshops and talks as a refusal to be labelled as a one-trick pony.
The Old Factory will see the resurrection of Hutopolis whilst also featuring new exhibitions such as “How to…”, which analyses the rise in teaching craft through new media (namely YouTube videos). Nuandao will present various pop-up shops in the area (more on this soon), whilst the likes of Luma Lu will host Lomography-based workshops, combining photography with tours of the local area. Catch this month’s printed edition of TimeOut Beijing for more on exhibits and events; in the interim, please enjoy this series of photos of Dashilar pre-Beijing Design Week activity.