Taipei(1996-2006)/ Community Environment Remodelling Scheme: 1-5 A Short Narrative of Community Environmental Remodelling Scheme
Theme set by government in the Community Environmental Remodelling Scheme ranges from beautifying streetscape, garden regeneration, traffic network improvement, ecological trails, Walking City, City Entrance to Street Corner. The interventions are usually in small scale scattering around the whole community street space. Government will pick proposals done by local community with regard to each year’s theme.
Before the advancement of the scheme, the citizens were entitled to preliminary proposals followed by shortlisting of proposal, professional assistance, and authority’s execution and management. The socioeconomic conditions and bargaining power of the proposers became a huge determining factor in getting their proposal shortlisted and realized. The scheme fell into danger of gentrification and elitism under information asymmetry and uneven resources distribution. It also contains the danger of becoming an instrument of propaganda and public relation ploy. The execution of the idealized participatory approach also encountered struggles in coordinating a huge number of parties, which in turn fell victim to overly simplification of consultation process and other means of community engagement. By its nature, the scheme is against to a top-down approach which set itself apart from a streamlined and efficient process, it is often time-consuming while its effect on the community may not necessarily be immediate, measurable and significant.
However, the scheme is still successful in some ways as it evolved in response to the alternation of political regime, and as well as the ever-changing social context. The increasing variety of projects and the shifted focus from infrastructure to software construction over years responds well to the heterogeneous and multifaceted nature and the more humane side of the city.