Taipei(1996-2006)/ Community Environment Remodelling Scheme: 1-4 The Embodiment of Communitarianism and Citizen Governance and The Making of Public Space

Participatory community planning has been thrusted into the spotlight amid the growth of localism. The effect of Community Environmental Remodelling Plan on public affairs reaches beyond the level of urban planning. Instead, such participatory approach lays foundation for citizen governance.


The essence of urban planning paradigm lies on the engagement of entire community in the strategic and management processes of urban planning, for instance, advocating local community’s hands-on experience and practical work in planning and design of their own living neighbourhood, while the sense of belonging could be heightened through the process of engagement. Dynamism in space rooted from dynamism in the design process. Open and dynamic planning incubates wisdom in local community, critical thinking and our innate sense to shape our own public spaces, the input from community could which in turns adds value to the building of public space. Above all, it harnesses the dynamism of the community which is not to be confined by the worship of professionalism, infrastructures and streamlined urban planning.


Such participatory approach differentiates itself from the superficially visual landscape space produced under the black box operation of traditional urban planning, which in hopes to prevent another tragedy of neighbourhood becoming incompatible with the living of the community. Creation of public space therefore enlarges the intellectual capacity, in reflection of the youthfulness, energy, humaneness, heterogeneous nature and creativity in community. Place making under such approach is indeed a process of community building, networking, and redefining of public space.


The return of public control on public affairs becomes the perfect response to bureaucracy in urban planning. It is, in another word, the embodiment of autonomy and communitarianism. The making of public space is essentially the building of community, and vice versa.

1 Comment on “Taipei(1996-2006)/ Community Environment Remodelling Scheme: 1-4 The Embodiment of Communitarianism and Citizen Governance and The Making of Public Space

  1. I do agree that communal planning is intricately linked with the involvement of citizens residing in the area. After all, urban planning can only go as far as to understand the superficial nature of what these spaces could potentially be, but for the ephemeral and personal qualities, that depends on those who use the space day in and day out. However, I do think that saying the dynamism of any community is entirely an exclusive process, whether it before the community or the “professional” urban planners. Spaces as a collective whole at an urban scale do necessitate a coherent and organised structure, and doing so requires that of “professionals.” Cities function properly through efficient and well thought out planning, and giving that sort of of authority to just anyone does not always equate to an improvement in intellectual capacity. I think there still needs to be the right balance between an authoritative management and individual freedom to imbue one’s own interpretations.

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