We wanted to further investigate the streets’ primal client, the car, as a programmatic scale. The same way Le Corbusier launched the human scale in an era of the ”mechanic society”, we wanted to investigate the car-scale in an era of severe global traffic challenges. Our project can be read as a political statement related to this issue, aiming to highlight this society’s capacity to create and integrate new hybrid programs interacting in the existing street-scapes.
The project that was conducted in collaboration with the eight students from Shih Chien University, can be described as a two-sided strategy;
a) We needed to develop a tool for revealing the local populations expectations, frustrations and dreams of their immediate surroundings, their common neighborhoods.
b) We transformed these local dreams into new hybrid programs by rebuilding old cars to represent these qualities. The projects main ambition through these two directions was to reveal the personal image of the streets potential, and to demonstrate the possibly of diversity within the car-scale. In a way, we wanted to use the local entrepreneurism, and pragmatic skills as a tool for dealing with spatial discussion. “Meta City Taipei”.
The overall theme of the exhibition gives us a chance to discuss Taipei not just as a physical space but just as well as a social network, an economy, or simply a way of communicating. When coming to Taipei as a foreigner, the fluid (ephemeral) structures of the city seems to be creating an atmosphere of “placelessness”,– a place where interaction between heterogeneous actions, regardless of time and space, is the major urban benefit. In such a dynamic landscape, the borders between the possible- and the less possible future use of space seems vague. One might say it becomes, at best, subsequent to credit these dynamics to the physical quality of the urban space. In many ways one can talk about Taipei as an ad hoc territory were the citizen through their efforts, their skills and their possibility to act upon opportunities, manifests the surroundings.
This creates a situation that cannot be grasped in an objective way and it cannot be evaluated through consensus. It is always chancing and never predictable. Surviving in the “ad hoc territory” depends upon the citizen’s capability to create and included oneself in network of familiar interest (culture).
Being a citizen, acting in this environment, is the factor that constitutes Taipei as a Meta-city. 3RW architects want to focus upon these processes form a social/ cultural point of view, discussing the basic structures change.