We observer two cities within the city of Taipei: a northern city and a southern city. The southern city is defined by three major vertices, an administrative district based around the Presidential Office Building, a financial district marked by the Taipei 101 office tower and an educational district built around the campus of The National Taiwan University. The northern city is defined by more recent urban regenerative operations. It speaks of a modern Taipei with a hi-tech cultural district and loosely defined by the Keelung River. The areas between the northern and the southern cities have a more diffuse identity and less zoning logic. Our site is located on the axis of this north-south divide.
Imagine a green infrastructure that allows for a new way to navigate the city and an enabling infrastructure that provides an alternative to automotive-based urban reality. It will emancipate the elderly, expand the imagination of the young and empower dependent and marginalized social groups. The Taipei Turntable proposes an ever-recurrent circular narrative between the administrative, financial and educational districts of the southern city and the modern hitech cultural districts of the northern city. The site’s location, orientation and size are of instrumental strategic values abolishing the north-south divide.
The extension of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) to the Tamsui River reinforces the metropolitan and regional connectedness of our site. It represents a small segment of the linear park along the MRT’s red line. Zhongshan Road, Chengde Road, and the MRT linear park are urban arteries along the northsouth axis that enhances the experiences of urban life. Their boundaries define a potential corridor for urban regeneration between the Expo Park and Taipei Railway Station. The linear park will be a major catalysis in the regeneration process and reinventing the district’s identity. The continuation of the linear park north and south will ensure the interconnectedness between distinct districts and regeneration projects.
Tree canopies can provide a degree of shelter from the sun and rain, making street life pleasant and desirable. A continuous tree canopy allows for wildlife across the city, increasing opportunities for cross-fertilization and biodiversity. The vision of a sustainable future for the city of Taipei must necessarily mandate a strategy for a continuous network of trees. The site is conceived as part of a pilot projects within a metropolitan circuit of tree canopies. The design proposal showcases the potential of canopy not just locally but for future implementations along other segments of the metropolitan circuit. The future city is imagined to be organized around a complex network of overlapping andeccentric canopy circuits.