Sketch of Public Policy Communion, December 2017
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The December Archilife Public Policy Communion of 2017 was held on December 17, 2017. After a series of relaxing and fun activities, Secretary General Huang Chin-ying made the following announcement, "It has been getting cold lately. As the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures are high, we would like to remind you to pay attention to how you dress for the weather. It should be able to cope with a minimum temperature difference of 10°C to adjust to climate change. In addition, we conducted an onsite investigation in China in 1990 to observe how China implemented urbanization and modernization without also considering their correlations with climate change. They may very well be the causes of smog and desertification. Therefore, those in the higher positions should make the correct decisions cautiously. Lastly, I want to thank everybody for submitting papers to the 2018 Archilife Online Expo. The event symbolizes our concerns for human survival issues and continuous efforts to pursue sustainable development." Later on, the new knowledge keeper to introduce herself to the members.
Next on the schedule was the keynote speech. First, Mr. Chen Yuan-hung, presented a speech on the "Accessible Facilities: Practice, Operation, and Case Study". Chen began with the recent increase in fire accidents, and some of them are correlated to the inappropriate construction of accessible facilities. In outdoor channels, as no guiding sign has been built at the same time, road surface is unsmooth, and tactile ground surface indicators are improperly paved, and wheelchair movements are blocked. With ramp handrails, continuous handrails should be installed and a hook and impact proof treatment should be made on both sides of the ramp. According to Chen, the absence of ramps at entrances is a common problem in buildings, and this can be improved by installing moveable ramps and elevation platforms. Chen presented many pictures as examples for attendees to recognize the expertise of accessible facilities and the importance of their construction.
Next, Ms. Li Chun-ju, spoke on "Urban Construction for Modern Needs and Challenges". She began with the decision-making of governments and enterprises to express her concerns about land development in Taiwan and its relevance with the global environment. She continued with the Taichung Urban Design Awards which award architectural works that contribute to urban development. The rating principles include urban charity and life concerns and the suitability for the climate and spatial scale of Taichung. Li presented many examples of buildings that co-exist with nature and create natural, multilevel vegetation and vertical greening, and interact with communities with outdoor scenery. Lastly, Li mentioned the need for adaptation in the symbiosis between people and nature, how old and new buildings find a way to address climate change, and there are many to realize to achieve the symbiosis concept of Archilife.
Next, Wang Min-chou, spoke on "The Turn of Housing Issues in Changes: Affordable Housing". At the beginning, Wang explained that affordable housing has its temporal spirit. In this speech, he introduced the affordable housing in southern and northern Taiwan. According to him, the Jiankang Community in Taipei has three types of units: one room, two rooms, and three rooms. They are simple but functionally integral for universal use. The Taipei City Government encourages creative residents to move in. Wang continued with the Jianguo Community in Fengshan District, Kaohsiung City. The community was previously a 19 unit apartment building owned by the Urban Development Bureau. It was demolished and re-built into affordable housing for the effective use of building space and offers a comfortable living environment to citizens to build a sweet home. According to Wang, when determining to build affordable housing to improve the living quality of vulnerable families, governments should make concrete, far-reaching policies to progressively resolve housing issues.
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 December Archilife Public Policy Communion ended smoothly.