Speaking at a luncheon organized by AmCham Taipei’s Real Estate and Infrastructure & Engineering Committees, Commissioner Lin Jou Min of the Taipei City Government’s Department of Urban Development introduced the Taipei 2050 Vision Plan in a Chinese-language presentation entitled “A City of Our Own: 像我們這樣的城.” The program was held July 20 at the Westin Taipei.
Lin, trained in Architecture and Urban Design at Columbia University in New York, has over 20 years of experience in architectural, interior, landscape, communication, and research-based design. Before being appointed Commissioner in 2014, Lin was the principal architect of J.M. Architect / The Observer Design Group in Taipei.
He described the Taipei 2050 Vision Plan as encompassing the following aspects:
- Livable and Sustainable City – construct safe, convenient, ecological landscapes.
- City Aesthetics – promote the aesthetic value of the city to provide better surroundings and experience.
- Living Justice – improve the standard of living by providing affordable housing for residents.
- Building Management – enhance employment and economic development through improvement of environmental outcomes.
- Urban Regeneration – promote integration of the community and strengthen public communication.
Lin also briefed the audience about recent development and renewal projects. The West District Gateway Project involved dismantling the Zhongxiao Bridge ramp to free up space around the North Gate, renovating the area surrounding North Gate, and overhauling the plaza in front of Taipei Railway Station to create a more presentable image of the nation to visitors.
The East District Gateway Project transformed Nangang District into a transportation hub to create new business opportunities in such areas as software, technology, and biotech industry. The project also entails turning Nangang into a pedestrian-friendly environment with connecting pathways and completing such cultural venues as the Taipei Pop Music Center and Nangang Cap Factory.
Future projects include:
- Songshan Airport: Transforming the airport into a 330-hectare “Central Park” with an emphasis on ecology, leisure, and humanities.
- Eco Shezidao: Redeveloping the restricted flooding zone that has been left unused for 45 years and turning it into a multi-purpose, open space system for ecological and recreational use.
- Urban Regeneration: Seeking investments for regeneration projects including government-led urban renewal programs, the National Taiwan University Medical Complex, Lanchou Community, South Airport Apartment, and more.
- Public Housing: Provide facilities for social welfare and public services through implementation of public housing.
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