Taipei (1996-2006)/ Community Environment Remodelling Scheme: 2.5 – Collaboration of Professions
In 1999, the government launched a community planning profession scheme to encourage the participation of all professions other than architects, for instance, scholars, urban planners and IT elites, as to deal with other issues coming with urban renewal, like heritage conservation.
Bopiliao historical block conservation proposal was a failed example that architects and the authority were not able to solve the conservation conflicts within the community. As the site was planned for educational use during the colonial period, it was kept unexpectedly until 1999, when the government proposed to pull down the historical blocks for the construction of Laozheng elementary school. In order to preserve the block, architects took the stance and intervened by submitting a proposal to the scheme, as well as publishing academic essays to prove the historical and architectural value of the post-war architecture. The action successfully hindered the demolition of the historical blocks, and the planning stage began afterward .
However, as it was originally planned for educational use, the school and parents were discontented about the result that they thought a comfortable and safe learning environment weighed more than conserving the old blocks. Thus, they organized a peaceful protest named as yellow ribbon movement to voice their opinion of giving back the space for school construction on the same day of the reclaiming homeland movement, which was proposed by the residents.
The government tried to take a neutral stance that only partial blocks would be pulled down and the remaining would be renovated into a cultural museum, using the fundings in the Community Environment Remodelling Scheme . The result at the end caused the discontent from both sides.
Urban renewal is meant to resolve the conflicts between different stakeholders. Instead of choosing a side, involving other professions could provide possible alternatives to satisfy the needs of all. All types of professions are undergoing the changes of its professional duties which is well shown in the execution of Community Environment Remodelling Scheme. Apart from the involvement of community design, the issues related to landscape design, urban planning and historical conservation are also raised during the discussion. The restructuring of the city is not only about urban renewal, but also introduces a new way for the professions to collaborate, from specialists to generalists .
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