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  • Li-Yu Hsu ᅵ The Architectural Vantage Point of an Urban Recluse: Thoughts about Architect Wang Chiu-Hwa (1925-2021)

    台灣現代圖書館之母暨台灣女建築家學會名譽發起人-王秋華建築師於2021年6月14日端午節下午2時15分在仁愛醫院平靜辭世,6月28日家祭後移靈入她生前設計的王家墓園,享壽96歲,從此長眠台北。筆者撰此文時,重讀王父日記註記:「1979年6月28日秋華今日回抵台北。出國作建築工作三十年,茲最近決定放棄在紐約的工作,將在台灣授教台北工專。」巧合的日期彷彿早有定數,她在知命之年從父母之願,來去台北定居42年光陰,這裏是她人生中停留最長時間的家,今歸去,竟如她對每件事都有所準備的性格。筆者與她在2013年夏天結緣,短暫八年間初識她的建築與思想,今日已來不及求教更多,回首探問歷史,謹向這位畢生專心致力於建築工作、關懷社會環境、平等謙和待人、大隱於市的建築家致敬。

    Author : Li-Yu Hsu

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  • WAT ᅵ 環境、時代與社會的改變關鍵在「人」

    近日建築界匿名投訴之茶壺內風暴,掀開了長期積累的性平、勞權問題,卻仍被簡化為零星個案、口水之爭、網路霸凌等,著實遺憾。基於台灣社會與建築體制之特質,台灣女建築家學會(以下簡稱WAT)於成立之初,已隱約體察到性平危機和世代衝突是一體的問題,無法二分。因此,WAT自2019年初便嘗試探討環境、時代與社會的改變關鍵,使連結上空間規劃專業關懷的公共議題,希望邁向老吾老、幼吾幼、永續文化與生態城市規劃,也希望讓我們的城市成為世代能發展未來的好所在。

    Author : 台灣女建築家學會

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  • The Role of Female Architects in Taiwan Modern Architecture

    Traditionally men dominated the architectural circles of Taiwan. It was not until after 1949 that the first female architect, Tze-Lan Shuo, became known. She was followed by other prominent women designers: Hsiung-Len Wang, Chiu-Ye Huang, and Chio-Hua Wang, among others. In 2013, the number of registered women architects was 173 and accounted for 5% of Taiwanese architects. The new generation of women architects came to the particular attention of the nation with their involvement in reconstruction work after the country's 1999 9/21 Earthquake.

    Author : Chia-Chi Chao (趙家琪)

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  • Taiwan Residential Development and Design

    The first part of this paper aims to review the process of housing development in Taiwan, its trends and characteristics as well as the movements and history that have influenced it.  
    The second part focuses on housing projects which have received the "Taiwan Residential Architecture Award" sponsored by Taiwan Architecture magazine. These premiated projects successfully describe the development and efforts of Taiwan residential design over the past decade.  

    Author : Chang-Mei Huang (黃長美)

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  • What Architects Can Do about Circular Economy

    "Circular Economy, like Green Building, is never an invention of our time. Before Industrial Revolution, and before resources on earth have yet to be so rapidly developed and consumed, things were different. While "scarcity" in the old days means less comfortable life due to the restraint of technology, today it ironically refers to the status of exhausting resources driven by the linear economics which powered by technology so people can enjoy a more comfortable life.

    Author : Ching Hwa Chang & Chin Wei Lee

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  • Tradition and Modernity in Lina Bo Bardi: An Example of Reuse of SESC Pompéia Factory

    Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi developed her own unique style which later perceived as a new Brazilian style. This paper, through the case of the transformation of an old factory into the SESC Pompéia recreation center, aims to introduce the background of the modern Brazilian architecture, to explain how Bo Bardi used her understanding of local Brazilian architecture in her redesign, to interpret her observations as a woman, and her reuse of historical sites and applications in architectural design. KEYWORDS: Lina Bo Bardi, regionalism, female design, Brazilian culture

    Author : Chih-Wen Lan & Fernando Diniz Moreira

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  • An Exploration of Narrative Structural Features for Settlements and Groups of Buildings in Cultural Heritage

    Following changes to the Preservation of Cultural Properties Law in July 2016, the term "settlement" was replaced by "settlement complex", mainly to emphasize that the concept of a settlement is space-based and that construction patterns were delineated by the dynamics of the local community. This shift in the understanding of settlements urgently needs to be resolved in order to understand cultural assets as settlements. This paper attempts to analyze the spatial narrative features of settlement community as the basis for cultural and social understanding.

    Author : Tai-Wen Ho (何黛雯)

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