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2009 Honourable Mention

Heritage Buildings in Cicheng Historic Town

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Jury Citation

Amid the rapid development of Ningbo, the conservation of key heritage buildings in Cicheng serves as a successful pilot for future restoration work in the historic urban core and in other towns around China. The project has valorised ancient buildings as a source of continuity. The conserved structures show a respect for original architectural details, technology and spatial layout. As part of the holistic approach to conservation, local crafts traditions and construction skills have been revived. The continuing use of public buildings demonstrates their ongoing significance to the local community, while the commercial adaptation of other buildings proves their functional viability within a modern context.