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Taiwan Tech’s Department of Architecture Graduation Exhibition: International Student Designs Transport Hub for Hometown
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International students at Taiwan Tech have proposed projects to build a transport hub, to improve the hot and humid environment in factories, and to create a place for recreation on campus. The Department of Architecture’s graduation exhibition started today (7th), showcasing 51 works ranging from urban design to tangible woodwork. Rich in content, the projects demonstrate the students’ concern for the city and the environment.
Taiwan Tech President Liao Ching-Jong mentioned that students in the Department of Architecture find spatial and environmental problems that have yet to be solved in their daily life. They have proposed ideas and designs for improving these conditions, showing their concern for cultural and social issues. It is his hope that students can contribute to society by means of architectural design.
Kurt Pollock, a student in the Department of Architecture, comes from The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, a country in the Caribbean which has diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Seeing that the current port in his hometown, which is the capital, Basseterre, is unable to accommodate the increasing burden of transportation due to the large numbers of tourists, he has proposed a project to build a transport hub for trains, buses, taxis, bicycles, ships and other means of transportation.
Kurt Pollock said that there was a time when a record 30,000 tourists came to Basseterre over five days during the peak season, which is equivalent to half of the country's population. At present, there is only one small bus station and a small port, which is simply not enough. These facilities even flood when a hurricane strikes. In order to improve the transportation and urban environment in his hometown, Kurt Pollock has designed a transport hub that can make use of solar energy to generate electricity and save energy. The transport hub will contain not only international shipping ports and domestic transportation stations but also hotels, shopping centers, exhibition spaces and even an underground personal rapid transit system which leads to the airport.
In addition, Pollock has also proposed solutions to the vulnerability to natural disasters characteristic of coastal and port areas. He noted that there is hardly any vegetation cover along the current coastlines. Therefore, he planned to plant trees on the shore as a shield from the wind and protection for the soil. Pollock also mentioned that the sea view from the beach is very beautiful, but there is no space for people to stop and enjoy it. As a result, he designed walkways amid groves of trees along the coastlines, which can also serve as habitats for birds and fish.
Pollock said that as long as there is a chance to present his ideas to the local government, even if the design is not adopted eventually, he will be very happy if the government can recognize the problem and react to it. After completing his studies in Taiwan, he will return to his hometown with what he has learned to serve his people.
Gao Chu-Yue, another student in the Department of Architecture, spent a lot of time in the family factory when young and is strongly aware of the problems of heat and humidity. Therefore, he proposed an environment improvement project for the second phase of the Taoyuan Science Park, combining wind tunnels with factories to introduce wind into the plants and thus reducing the temperature of the production lines. With the organization of the locations and angles of the buildings on the premises, the park could be well ventilated. The heat problem can also be improved by means of increased green space, which also improves the external appearance of the factories.
Chen Guan-Mao, also a student in the Department of Architecture, built “Dan Chiu,” a three-storey wooden structure on the Taiwan Tech campus. It can serve as a pavilion, an observatory and a climbing structure, where Taiwan Tech students meet up for dining, social gatherings and birthday celebrations. Chen Guan-Mao said that he did not expect “Dan Chiu” to become so well-received. Not only do international students enjoy taking a nap there but it has also attracted many children to climb and play. He is overjoyed to have created a space for both relaxation and recreation.
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