DATE 2018/09/04 VISITORS 2068
Modern Taiwanese cities are plagued by a number of problems. These include: a lack of space given to pedestrians due to overprioritizing vehicles, a paucity of public seats on which to rest, and public walls that are choked with advertising. As a result, people don't appreciate their surrounds, and instead tend to rush from A to B.
To inspire the next wave of architecture students and encourage them to create better, more innovative designs, a Cross-Strait architecture competition for graduating students was recently held. Known as the 6th Architecture and Urban Planning Competition, it comprised entrants from 20 universities across Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.
In the end, first prize in the architecture category went to Tsai Chia-Rong, a student from the TKU Department of Architecture. Li Lixin, one of the judges in the competition and an associate professor at the University of Xiamen School of Architecture and Civil Engineering, commented: "Ms. Tsai's design reflected a strong foundation in the field of architecture." But it was more than just that. "What was really impressive", he added, "was that Ms. Tsai's responses in the Q & A section and the architectural model itself both contained an extra, deeper layer to them. She's gone beyond creating a mere architectural design, and added a philosophical dimension to it. It's an incredibly memorable design."
Lian Wei-Jun, another student from the TKU Department of Architecture, placed among the top contestants in the town planning category.
Jeng Huang-er, an associate professor and coordinator of this year's TKU Graduation Design Exhibition, said that architecture is no longer merely about rigid bricks and mortar. The process of architectural design draws influence from various disciplines, including behavioral science, computer science, media theory, control theory, urban and behavioral models, and systems and artificial intelligence theories.
Tsai's winning piece was titled 'Welcome to the Time Hotel'. To create the Time Hotel, she used familiar architectural elements from people's everyday lives to try and strengthen the connection between the individual and his or her surrounds.