AccScience Publishing / JCAU / Volume 2 / Issue 2 / DOI: 10.36922/jcau.v2i2.75
Cite this article
Journal Browser
Volume | Year
News and Announcements
View All

Organic Renewal and Cultural Inheritance of Chinese Modern Campuses: The Place-Making of Yan Yuan, Peking University

Qi Zhang1 Enchang Zhang2
Show Less
1 China Architecture Design and Research Group, China
2 Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, United Kingdom
Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism 2020, 2(2), 1–13;
Submitted: 25 February 2019 | Accepted: 28 March 2022 | Published: 22 April 2022
© 2022 by the Author(s). This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution -Noncommercial 4.0 International License (CC-by the license) ( )

In recent years, with a continuous increase in the number of college students in China, the limits to the campus land use and the needs for improved functions have become more and more paradoxical, especially for traditional campuses. The problems caused by this issue are acute. The research and practice of campus renewal for time-honoured campuses, such as Peking University (PKU), are of great significance for both its renewal and reconstruction. In this report, the creation of a pleasant learning environment in a traditional Chinese campus was theoretically and practically explored through the two real projects of the Centennial Memorial Hall and the Humanities Buildings in Yan Yuan of Peking University. Multiple possibilities of organic upgrades and cultural inheritance of the campus were sought by offering open spaces, and indoor and outdoor spaces, to meet the functional requirements, meanwhile, creating a growth-based campus environment and continuing cultural inheritance in the hope of inspiring the creation of contemporary campus environment based on tradition.

modern campus
space design
Peking University
organic renewal
cultural inheritance

Jiang CZ, Zhou QH. Understanding of the architectural design of the new university campus. Huazhong Architecture, 2005.


Yu MZ. Ri Xia Jiu Wen Kao. 2001, Beijing Ancient Books Publishing House, Beijing, China.


The First Historical Archives of China: Kangxi Daily Life Notes. 1984, Zhonghua Book Company, Beijing, China.


The First Historical Archives of China: The translation of Manchu memorials to the throne and their comments in the Kangxi era. 1996, China Social Sciences Press, Beijing, China.


Sun CZ. Chun Ming Meng Yu Lu. 1983, Beijing Ancient Books Publishing House, Beijing, China.


Zhao EX. A Draft on History of Qing Dynasty. 1979, Zhonghua Book Company, Beijing, China.


He JT, Guo WH, Wu ZP. Modern Education Concepts and Campus Spatial Forms. The Architect, 2004.


Jiang JS, Hu QM, Mei YL. Concepts, Planning and Design of New Campus of Colleges and Universities. Urban Planning Forum, 1998. 


Yao SZ, Xie HJ, Tian Y. Towards Poetic and Open Contemporary Campus Planning: Planning, Design and Reflection on the New Campus of Hubei University of Chinese Medicine. Huazhong Architecture, 2004.

Conflict of interest
Back to top
Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism, Electronic ISSN: 2717-5626 Published by AccScience Publishing