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Educational Program - Taiwan 2006

Taiwan 2006

|| SUMARY ||
Taipei is a world capital, constructed in the 20th century by means of processes of high-speed development that have nevertheless generated a territory of great urbanity very different from the urban agglomerations of Europe. Taipei is built on an orthogonal grid that encloses an area defined between two rivers and a mountain. Its central grid measures app. 400x 400m, similar to Barcelona’s super-blocks. The urban structure of Taipei is a dynamic grid which responds to geographical or functional conditions and which generate a great flexibility, in its conception and future development. This grid can be seen as a new model for urbanity, in which it is possible to discern and acquire new formats of temporal and spatial interaction that functionally expand the limits of our traditional urban systems.

|| MASTER TRIP ||
 Observations and analyses of Taipei. In a 10-day trip students have been measuring meticulously the streets, night markets and crossing points of Taipei, in order to register the spatial and functional constellation of the city and to discover and describe its most remarkable elements. This project has been developed in collaboration with Taipei-based architectural office The Observer Design Group of J. M. Lin and its collaborators. Additional to the field research there has beenpresentations and discussions with experts in the field of urban planning in Taipei who provided us with valuable background information.
Back in Barcelona Taipei has been precisely registered, drawn and mapped from big scale to small scale, approving its dynamic character in all scales. The results reflect the most interesting and essential ingredients of the unique urban structure of Taipei in a very specific way. IAAC will, in collaboration with Actar, publish a bilingual book about this research. The presentation of this book is foreseen for the end of March 2007.

|| ROUTE ||
BARCELONA> TAIPEI > KEELUNG > TAIPEI > BARCELONA

|| PARTICIPANTS ||
VICENTE GUALLART, JOU MIN LIN, LUCAS CAPPELLI, CAROLIEN LIGTENBERG, CHENG-YU CHANG, YESENIA CONCHUCOS ANDRES, JULIETTA ZINDROU, MARIA DOLORES SORDO SOBRINO, ANGELIKI KOUVELI, GABRIEL ARANDA MORALES, ANA CANCAR, KYUNG MO YANG, SANTIAGO RIONDA, ARETI MARKOPOULOU.