Multi Level Master Plan

Site: Taipei, Taiwan

Status: Conceptual Design

Program: Landscape|Urbanism

Client: Taipei City Government

The valley of the Tanshui River was once the home to rice and vegetable farmers, but today it's the site of Taipei, the fast pacing center of commerce, government, and culture in Taiwan.   Taipei is the most densely populated territory in Taiwan.   The population increase is due primarily to an influx of people from other sectors of the island who are attracted to the city by economic and educational opportunities.  This has driven the cost of land to astronomical levels, making Taipei an expensive place to live and work.  The high price of housing and office space is forcing the government and many companies to relocate its educational and industrial facilities towards the outskirt territories by decentralizing the city.  Taipei's history and identity are engendered by contemporary conditions.  As a remnant of an earlier upheaval between Nationalist and Communist factions of main land China, Taipei and Taiwan are at the center of crossroads accelerating the development employed by money, zoning, and laissez-faire capitalism.


Taipei Master Plan is a new city intensified by beautiful patchwork levels, layers, colors, energy, sound, and events interweaving into dense stratifications.  Taipei is to take its place among the contemporary capital nation-states that exist to facilitate the flow of money, market share, and information.  The experiments and research of urban strategies deploying alternative ground formation deepens the urban field, allowing gaps/voids to graft abstract topological grounds by inventing new sectional spaces.  The sectional design integrates the public activities, built program masses, and landscape systems to intensify the multiple urban surfaces.  The sectional design revolved around long term planning that begins to unfold new garden spaces of function over time.  Green zones in forms of gardens, agricultural networks, and centralized park spaces retake the city's old grid by integrating the natural with the modern.  Through this process, in between spaces are generated to deterritorize the city, allowing a creation of 'slow' solid state spaces that contrast the modern conditions of speed and fast capital.