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A Blueprint for a Better Future Life in Taipei

A Blueprint for a Better Future Life in Taipei

World Design Capital Taipei 2016 – the Fifth in the World

“Now we announce that the appointment of the World Design Capital 2016 is awarded to the City of Taipei!” The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) made the official announcement on November 19, 2013 (Taipei time.) So far, only four other cities have had the honor to host this event. Taipei is the second Asian city after Seoul, Korea that was selected. As 2014 happens to be the 130th Anniversary of Taipei, such an honor is the best present for the city. On the evening of November 19, Taipei 101 displayed the phrases “World Design Capital Taipei 2016” and “Adaptive Taipei City 2016” in bright colors to share the honor and joy with the citizens of the city.

The delegation led by Taipei Deputy Mayor Chen Hsiung-wen listening 
to the announcement of Taipei winning the World Design Capital 2016 
designation
The delegation led by Taipei Deputy Mayor Chen Hsiung-wen listening to the announcement of Taipei winning the World Design Capital 2016 designation

Judges Stunned by Bid Book in Dragon Scale Binding + Red Dot Award-Winning Bid Video

The Icsid conduct the selection once every two years. The bid book from Taipei was presented in a unique fusion of traditional and innovative design of “Dragon Scale Binding.” Traditional Chinese dragon scales were stacked up in layers and extended in an orderly way to form a complete picture in which the symbol of every exceptional design in Taipei, as well as its energy and aspect were displayed. The 7-minute bid video combined animations with new and old city maps, while celebrated artists, including Lin Hwai-min, Chu Ming, and Tong Yang-tze also appeared in the film to show their support. The video won the 2013 German Red Dot Communication Design Award. Meanwhile, the Icsid judges also visited Taipei in September 2013 to check out the city. Afterwards, Icsid expressed that Taipei’s design power and vitality were compliant with all the requirements to be the World Design Capital and, therefore, the city deserved to win the honor of World Design Capital 2016.

World Design Capital Taipei 2016 to be a Collective Reform Campaign

To make the objectives of the World Design Capital stand out, the Taipei City Government has consolidated all existing urban development plans and added in a new thinking and resources. The 6 large integrated demonstration projects, in which design is incorporated, include:

  1. The Taipei City Museum Hub: Under the concept of ecological sustainability, the 6 existing pavilions in the Taipei Expo Park (Yuanshan Prehistoric Site, Taipei Children’s Recreation Center, Taipei Broadcasting Station, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei Story House, and EcoARK) are connected to form a hub of museums and ecological reserves. In the future, indigenous plants originally growing at the Yuanshan Prehistoric Site will be planted back there to restore indigenous species.
  2. The Minglun Elementary School Project: As a result of decreasing birthrates, alternative use of idle classrooms becomes all the more important. Through this project, design thinking is introduced on campus to create new user-oriented learning venues and also help to promote the special features of metropolitan Taipei to deepen the foundation of design education and transform Minglun Elementary School into a creativity and talent incubator.
  3. The Green Boulevard Plan: User-friendly space is created through redesign, such as improved overpass and underpass signs. Meanwhile, a civic participation platform is established; therefore, citizens and NGOs are invited to participate and put forth their expectations. So far, Section 3 of Xinsheng South Road, Section 3 of Heping West Road, and Sections 5 and 6 of Roosevelt Road are designated for demonstration.
  4. Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin and 
Commissioner Liu Wei-gong of the 
Department of Cultural Affairs announcing 
that Taipei has been awarded the World 
Design Capital 2016 designation The Green Boulevard Plan
    Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin and Commissioner Liou Wei-gong of the Department of Cultural Affairs announcing that Taipei has been awarded the World Design Capital 2016 designation The Green Boulevard Plan
    Icsid judges affirming Taipei’s design power after visiting Taipei in September 2013 Taipei 101 lit up to celebrate 
Taipei winning the World Design 
Capital 2016 designation
    Icsid judges affirming Taipei’s design power after visiting Taipei in September 2013 Taipei 101 lit up to celebrate Taipei winning the World Design Capital 2016 designation
  5. Urban Accupuncture: Urban Regeneration Stations – The URS idea is centered on regeneration that is different from reconstruction after destruction. In the URS plan, new concepts are incorporated into old contours. This plan has been promoted for two years; seven locations have been set up and more than 30 designers are stationed at these sites. Private organizations may plant cultural and creative seeds first in the alleys of these old streets and then spread it around the entire city.
  6. Hubs for the Design Industry: Taipei’s soft power, such as design and creativity, is the city’s advantage in its competition with major international cities. In the future, two more hubs for the design industry will be established. Design workers from different fields can move in to develop their creativity. Consequently, these hubs can become training grounds for talents needed in the design industry.
  7. New Urban Service System: While metropolises around the world are working to make life more convenient in order to adapt to future lifestyles, Taipei has also invested certain resources and made plans to develop a forward-looking service system with technology and consolidated intelligence, including intelligent bus stops, integrated traffic sign systems, improved street cleaning equipment, friendly environments for senior citizens, city governance, and care services, as well as other innovative intelligent services through remote video surveillance to meet the needs of the citizens.
    Private citizens invited to be part of the World Design Capital 
Taipei 2016 One of the spirits of the World Design Capital Taipei 2016 – to extend 
designers’ participation in public affairs
    Private citizens invited to be part of the World Design Capital Taipei 2016 One of the spirits of the World Design Capital Taipei 2016 – to extend designers’ participation in public affairs

World Design Capital Taipei 2016 to Fulfill Citizens’ Expectations through Design

Since Taipei began the bid for the World Design Capital designation in 2011, “Adaptive City: Design in Motion” has been the main theme of the campaign in the hope of using design to build a better city. In 2012, Taipei launched the “Design Thinking Course Series,” the first in the country, for bureau and department chiefs and higher-level officials to promote design thinking throughout the hierarchy of the municipal government.

In the past two years, the bureaus and departments of the Taipei City Government have invited specialists from different fields and private citizens to collaboratively introduce design in city policies and administration. So far, more than 645 sessions of inter-discipline design workshops and brainstorming meetings have been held, and over 800 design workers and inter-disciplinary personnel attended them. Through 24 “bottom-up” stir design projects and the incorporation of 17 “top-down” public policy by design projects and inclusion of “design” in public affairs was extended to allow designers to maximize their participation. For Taipei, the most important objective of the bid for the World Design Capital designation was to carry out a substantive reform.

The Title of World Design Capital Increases Taipei’s International Visibility and Numbers of Foreign Visitors

In the past, cities winning the World Design Capital title not only made efforts to build the right environment to facilitate the development of the design industry, but also applied design thinking to come up with solutions for urban problems in order to upgrade their international visibility and attract investors and creative individuals. The spirit behind Taipei’s Adaptive City is to make good use of limited resources in order to pursue innovative city governance and excellence. Despite economic slumps across the globe, Taipei is determined to use design to transform the city.

Cities Never Stop Moving Forward

To be a modern city, besides implanting in the public the concept that environmental protection is not a temporary issue, the city also has to move towards the future. The government needs insights and determination to implement related policies to make the public aware of the significance of urban development in the next ten or twenty years. In recent years, Taipei has begun to enforce measures for the city’s sustainable development. These include the concept of the “Urban Regeneration Station” which has become an important seed of culture and creativity, the establishment of the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park to introduce design into the public service system, and recycling of natural resources. Design is more than just a kind of aesthetics in life. Undoubtedly, Taipei will become a fine city in twenty years. Therefore, the path to World Design Capital 2016 will also lead Taipei to become an “Adaptive City.”

Taipei’s bid for the World Design Capital 2016 designation in the hope of 
building a better city Taipei’s efforts to win the World Design Capital 2016 designation 
showing its determination to transform the city with design
Taipei’s bid for the World Design Capital 2016 designation in the hope of building a better city Taipei’s efforts to win the World Design Capital 2016 designation showing its determination to transform the city with design

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  • Source: Taipei City Government