Based on a river port economy of trading between the Han and aboriginal people of Taiwan, Bangkah, in Wanhwa District, is the earliest developed and once most flourishing area of Taipei. It was also the center of local culture and social activities. But nowadays, this area has been suffering continuous decline. Economically, most people rely on a small scale economy, and the job opportunities provided by the new economy are scarce. Socially, the are concentrates a high percentage of vulnerable social groups, including elderly, homeless and aboriginal people and migrant spouses. Culturally, this area has been neglected or even discriminated against by government policies as well as popular culture.
This talk introduces some planning actions initiated by community planners, local NGOs, and the Community College of Wanhua that aim to improve public spaces, enhance local identity and engage disadvantageous people. These regeneration projects focus on the diverse demands of local people and the goal of social inclusiveness. They could be viewed as a series of counter projects to official planning, which relies on urban renewal and tourism to regenerate the city.
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Assoc. Prof. Liling Huang, Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, National Taiwan University
- Wednesday, 05 December 2012
- 11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
Level 10, Tower Block
Asia Research Institute469A Tower Block, #10-01
Bukit Timah Road