The proposal "Taiwan Remake - Common Buildings,” submitted by the Transdisciplinary Design Innovation Shop (TDIS) of the National Chiao Tung University, has been selected to represent Taiwan at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial.
"Reporting from the Front,” the theme of the 15th Venice Biennial, hopes to demonstrate how architecture improves the quality of everyday life. In response to the theme, the TDIS proposal "Taiwan Remake - Common Buildings” aims to re-scrutinize the common buildings of Taiwan on the whole instead of focusing on a famous architect's work.
"Taiwan Remake - Common Buildings” will explore five issues: "Create for Tomorrow,” "Materials of Each Generation,” "Self Reliance,” "General Knowledge in Practice,” and "Temporary vs. Sustainability.” The design concept of this year's Taiwan Pavilion will be based on old hardware stores reminiscent of common buildings in Taiwan.
The project will examine the evolving relationship between supply chains and their users, especially their choice of common materials and tools. In addition, it will explore how materials are connected to people in terms of utilization and reproduction, and how time and space affect the usage of materials. The last step will be to apply the know-how and explore new possibilities in contemporary architecture.
The TDIS team will be delivering a new theory on production, design, space, life, and culture as well as the changing power structure among users, manufacturers, and architects.
The 15th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial will be held from May through November 2016. For more information on the Taiwan Pavilion, please visit the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts website at www.ntmofa.gov.tw.