Sketch of Public Policy Communion, November 2016
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The November Archilife Public Policy Communion of 2016 was held on November 27, 2016. After a series of relaxing and fun activities, Secretary General Huang Chin-ying made the following announcement, "We have heard of numerous incidents that reflect chaotic order in society, such as fraud spreading in social media. President Lin Chun-shin reminded us that the way to deal with such chaos is being "conservative, careful, cautious". The way to keep yourself safe is to think things through. In the past 15 years, Archilife has made tremendous efforts to push forward the development of creative civilization. At present, the third Pioneer Team is exploring the possible changes in lifestyle that mankind is likely to go through in the next century. In the future, please continue to work with Archilife. Together, we will bring a new civilization."
Next on the schedule was the keynote speech. First, Mr. Li Hung-chien, presented a speech on the "Practice for a Sustainable Environment:City Renewal". The speaker began from the lifecycle of buildings and the concept of energy-saving and carbon reduction through city renewal. He shared four cases through rich illustrations and photographs. He elaborated that all four cases were planned in a holistic concept, including wide pedestrian walks and green landscapes. Exteriors of the structures are simple without excessive designs to achieve carbon reduction in the process of construction and recessed windows cut down direct sunlight to reduce the load on air conditioning. "Demolition" was a significant milestone in the process. Although the buildings are old, each of the house owners had a certain level of attachment to the places. Therefore, the project enforcer documented the process for the house owners as a memorabilia. In conclusion, the speaker pointed out that every successful city renewal case was achieved by compromises between the developer and estate owners. They pushed forward the projects with gratitude to each other.
Next, Miss Sun Ruei-suei, spoke on "Living Water Turns on a City: The Creative City Movement". The speaker began from the origin of a creative city and provided a definition: A creative city is a spatial model that converges cultural-economic, technological and creative talents. She continued to elaborate on the theories and introduced cases of "creative city", including large cities of the "agglomeration strategy", such as Hollywood and Bollywood, and small cities, such as the East Village of New York and Covent Garden of London, "city transformation strategies", such as Cambridge and South Korea, "city renewal strategies", such as Salzburg of Austria, and "incubation strategies", such as Silicon Valley and Boston Science Park. Finally, the speaker stressed that creative city is a significant development in the future of human dwelling and she hoped that we can bring better living spaces and quality of living through public participation in the forming of creative cities.
Next, Mr. Chen Yuan-hung, spoke on "Easy Access Facilities". The speaker began from stating that easy access facilities are not only for users with disabilities, but also for the elderly, the incapacitated and women with children. He added that guiding signs should be installed along outdoor passages and obstructed ground, including obstruction by poorly designed tactile paving, should be avoided to facilitate free movement of wheelchair. Ramps at refuge floors should have continuous railings and obstruction-collision prevention designs that meet the standards of regulatory requirements, and over-steep slopes should be avoided. The speaker pointed out common fallacies in easy access designs, including no ramps for the gap between indoor and outdoor grounds, objects placed in passageways, no fall-protection or warning signs before stairways and poorly-located railings, flush buttons and emergency buttons in washrooms. The speaker presented informative and professional knowledge on easy access facilities with rich photos and case studies and stressed the significance of accurate and safe installation.
After the speech, Secretary General Huang Chin-ying presented a gift to the speakers on behalf of the foundation. Then, attendees expressed and exchanged their opinions and views during the piggy hour. The November Archilife Public Policy Communion ended smoothly.