Plans for the Future
As the foundation moves into its third decade of professional service to community development in Taiwan, we intend to strengthen and refine our capabilities in participatory planning and design, and to increase our effectiveness in problem solving at all levels of society. In addition, we intend to mobilize a new generation of committed community planners and designers in facing ever increasing pace of change and unpredictability. Our goal remains focused on providing an demonstrable alternative to current practices.
Some of the most pressing socio-physical issues that we intend to work on include:
Strategic planning for rural-urban transformation.
The rural sector in Taiwan has long faced a decline in agricultural production, coupled with rapid transformation of farm land to urban development, has caused an increasingly aging rural community with heavy loss of young people to the cities. In more recent years, there are signs of public concern with food safety issues and environmental protection, leading to new experiments in agricultural production with evidence of returning urbanites to the rural communities. Based on over twenty years of community planning experience, we intend to deepen our commitment to assist rural and urban communities to initiate self-motivated models of development.
Practical alternatives to the regeneration of high-density urban neighborhoods
In the past few years, public “Urban Renewal” programs have become a controversial issue in addressing urban problems, much having to do with complicated rules and calculations. In addition, the rights of home-owners and developers have often been in conflict leading to mistrust and lack of communication among interested parties. Our organization intends to develop and promote models of community initiated programs of regeneration in order to resolve some of the impasse that currently exist.
Creative and visionary conceptualizationof future socio-physical configurations
In meeting unprecedented speed of change and unpredictability, our organization will maintain our commitment to the values of humane concern and social justice, will work to coalesce collective creativity, and will continue to create a public forum for dialogue and action.
Participatory design of social housing
Public policy regarding social housing in Taiwan lags behind other advanced countries. In addressing the need for social housing, the government can not disregard the views of the users groups and must seek to develop participatory models of including the users in the development process. We intend to develop new spatial patterns to meet the pressing needs of disadvantaged user groups, and to generate new forms of neighborhood economy as well as energy conserving environments for the future.Scridb filter