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Old September 19th, 2012, 03:52 PM   #261
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Wed, Sep 19, 2012
DPP Taipei officials slam mayor over municipal projects
WHITEWASHED:A report on urban renewal projects did not touch on a number of controversial projects, such as the fight to close down vendors in Shida
Taipei Times

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei City councilors yesterday slammed a report by Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) into municipal projects, saying it failed to explain problematic issues, including urban renewal, and urged the mayor to stop investing money in large-scale activities and refocus efforts on local developments.

The 60-page municipal report, entitled Taipei, a Visible City, did not address the city’s controversial handling of city issues, including forcing vendors at Shida Night Market to close and the poor operation of the Maokong Gondola. Issues related to a stalled urban renewal project in Shilin District (士林) were summed up in one paragraph in the report.

“Mayor Hau’s support rate is at the bottom of local government heads according to a recent survey. Taipei is not a city that inspires a sense of happiness in its residents and now the city gives this poor report that fails to address the issues that people care about, including compulsory education and housing justice. Mayor Hau owes Taipei residents an apology,” DPP Taipei City Councilor Wu Su-yao (吳思瑤) said at the Taipei City Council.

DPP Taipei City Councilor Wang Shih-chien (王世堅) and Chuang Rui-hsiung (莊瑞雄) further challenged inconsistent figures for the 2017 Summer Universiade in various budget reports, while Wang presented the mayor with a crown and described him as a “king” who remains ignorant about the public’s pains.

According to Chuang, the first budget report on the international sports event presented in April showed NT$48 billion (US$1.63 billion) in expenses, while the figure was listed as being NT$42 billion in another budget report issued in July. In the municipal report presented to the council yesterday, the budget for the event stood at NT$23 billion, while in the budget report sent to the Sports Affairs Council this month, the budget for the event is NT$20 billion.

“In addition to budget inconsistencies, the city government is also capricious about venues for the competition. For example, the city budgeted NT$2.1 billion to build a basketball arena. However, it said in the report that the basketball games are to be held in the Taipei Arena. Are you presenting such an unprofessional report because you think no councilors will read it carefully?” he asked.

Hau, facing an hour-long boycott on the council floor, defended the budget report and said the city is continuing to devote major efforts to develop the city besides holding international events to raise the city’s international profile.

As to the budget difference, Hau said the budget for the Universiade had been cut because the city decided to cancel the construction projects of two facilities — a volleyball court and a swimming pool — and to use existing infrastructure instead.
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Old September 21st, 2012, 09:14 AM   #262
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Fri, Sep 21, 2012
Airport plan may be Chinese haven, TSU says
Taipei Times

The NT$463 billion (US$157.8 billion) Taoyuan Aerotropolis, one of the government’s flagship projects to revitalize the economy, could become a haven for Chinese capital and labor, Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Legislator Hsu Chung-hsin (許忠信) said yesterday.

Hsu suspects that the government is ready to bring in Chinese white-collar workers and investment to the planned “free-trade economic zone” because it has been tight-lipped about how it will relax personnel and investment regulations for the zone.

Supported by the Taoyuan County and the central government, the project is a 6,150 hectare urban planning development at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport that involves expanding existing airport terminals and establishing an aerospace industrial park. Also planned are special zones for cargo, passenger and logistics services, and the project’s ultimate goal is to become a global logistic hub in East Asia.

The government estimates that the project, scheduled to be completed by 2030, will bring in about NT$2.3 trillion in economic benefits and NT$84 billion in annual tax revenues, as well as creating 260,000 jobs.

Hsu said that if President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration intends to have China be the primary source of investment and labor for the free-trade zone, it was taking a serious risk.

Beijing has been actively engaged in infrastructure projects, such as ports, airports and railways, in Eastern Europe and Italy in recent years, bringing in investments, technicians and their families and eventually transforming those areas into “China towns,” Hsu said.

Putting the China factor aside, Hsu said the project’s funding would raise concerns despite claims by Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chih-kuo (毛治國) that the project would not require money from the central government.

Hsu said that according to the National Audit Office, the national debt now exceeds NT$5.5 trillion.

Meanwhile, Mao said he has moved land management officials from the National Expressway Engineering Bureau, Railway Reconstruction Bureau and the Bureau of High Speed Rail under the authority of the Civil Aeronautic Administration (CAA), because the CAA will need to have sufficient personnel to handle the development of the 3,200 hectare plot of land needed for the Taoyaun International Airport Zone, one of the eight zones comprising the Taoyuan Aerotropolis.

“The most important thing right now is that our land expropriation plan must be approved by Ministry of the Interior,” Ma said, adding that the transport ministry had secured the full support of the ministry.

Additional reporting by Shelley Shan and CNA
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Old September 21st, 2012, 06:36 PM   #263
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New survey shows the waters of the Tamsui improving
Taipei Times

Water in the Tamsui River (淡水河) has gone from being moderately polluted to lightly polluted and the water quality this year was found to be the best it has been in 30 years, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said yesterday.

The Tamsui River flows through Taipei and New Taipei City (新北市) — a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of more than 5 million people —and the waterway used to be notorious for its dirty water and foul odor, the administration said.

Currently, the wastewater sewage system connects 1.2 million households, with an additional 90,000 households added each year, the administration’s Department of Water Quality Protection Deputy Director-General Andy Shen (沈一夫) said.

The four sewage treatment plants that were located within the two metropolitan areas handle about 2 million tonnes of wastewater every day, the administration said.

It said that 34 interception stations have been established in areas without connections to the sewage network, but which see more, heavier polluted water discharges.

In addition, there are 23 on-site water treatment facilities that can deal with the wastewater discharged by about 250,000 people every day, Shen said.

Shen added that the facilities not only purify water, but also serve nature conservation and environmental education functions, including 40 riverside parks and wetlands that amount to a land mass 50 times the size of Daan Forest Park (大安森林公園).

Shen said the river sections with dissolved oxygen above 2 parts per million (ppm), have increased from 72 percent in 2002 and 82 percent in 2007 to 92 percent this year.

Those sections of the river classified as seriously polluted have been reduced from 21 percent in 2002 and 10 percent in 2007 to only 2.6 percent this year.

The EPA said that because of the improvement in water quality, the ecology survey results have also shown that fish species found in the river have increased from 56 species in 1986 to 87 species this year.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 06:19 AM   #264
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City promises inspections amid illegal sales rumors
Taipei Times

Taipei City’s Department of Urban Development yesterday promised to inspect construction projects in the fifth rezoning district in Neihu (內湖) after New Party Taipei City councilor Wang Hong-wei (王鴻薇) lashed out at the city government for ignoring the illegal sale of office complexes as residential apartments.

The city government planned Neihu’s fifth rezoning district with an aim to promote industrial and business developments in the area, and city regulations on land use state that buildings in that zone cannot be used for residential purposes.

Of the 13 completed office complexes in the district’s east side, eight have been sold by construction firms as luxurious residential apartments. To avoid inspection from the city government, construction companies stated in the sales contracts that the change of the designs was made upon the request of clients, which shifted the blame of the illegal action onto the home owners, according to Wang.

“These major construction companies played tricks to avoid any responsibilities and the people who paid tens of millions [of dollars] to buy the luxurious apartments will have to take full responsibility for the illegal acts. If the city government continues to ignore the phenomenon, the district will be turned into the largest illegal residential area in Taipei,” she said at a press conference at the Taipei City Council.

She slammed the city government for failing to conduct inspections in rezoning districts around the city over the last five years and urged the department to exercise its authority and implement related regulations.

Wang Li-kuo (汪禮國), a divisional chief in the department, promised to start a city-wide inspection on the use of office building complexes in rezoning districts and will instruct construction firms to state clearly in real-estate advertisements that the buildings cannot be purchased or rented for residential use.

If the illegal construction of residential apartments is discovered, the construction company or apartment owners responsible may face fines of between NT$60,000 and NT$300,000, he said.

The department will also ask construction firms to pay an advance deposit and offer assurances that its construction projects would only be used for industrial or business purposes, he said.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 03:08 PM   #265
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Thu, Oct 11, 2012
Keelung port set to construct new facilities
Taipei Times

Taiwan International Ports Co (TIPC) has budgeted NT$4.2 billion (US$143.3 million) for the construction of a new harbor service building at Keelung port, which it hopes will triple the service capacity of the port to 1,500 passengers per hour.

Sheng Kuang-ching (沈光青), director of TIPC’s construction management and engineering division at Keelung Port, said the port company had signed a contract on Monday with an architecture firm that was chosen for the project, adding that the design of the building would be finalized within a year.

He said construction is scheduled to begin in October next year.

In all, 32 architecture firms from 12 countries competed for the project, Sheng said.

The designs were reviewed by eight jury members, including Cincinnati Art Museum director Aaron Betsky, National Cheng Kung University architecture professor Wang Ming-hung (王明衡), University of Kentucky College of Design dean Michael Speaks, TIPC chief engineer at Keelung Port Wei Jenn (魏震) and others.

Wei said that the design was chosen because the jury members felt that it could become a landmark in Keelung, despite its rather avant-garde style.

The architect also incorporated some important elements representing Keelung into his design, such as the light towers, the mountains and the sea.

Sheng said the design would allow the harbor service to function smoothly and serve as an entertainment facility for the residents of the city, which was another factor why it was favored by the review members.

The new building will be located between piers No. 4 and No. 6 on the west side of the Keelung Port and covers an area of about 5 hectares.

The passenger service center is scheduled to be completed in 2015. The office buildings that are to accommodate customs, immigration, quarantine and navigation safety officials should be finished in March in 2017.

Sheng said the nation planned to turn Keelung Port into an international cruise ship terminal because more cruise lines would choose to dock there.

However, the current facility can handle a maximum of 500 passengers per hour, although passengers numbers can hit 700 per hour during peak hours. The port’s service capacity could be expanded to 1,500 passengers once the new passenger service center is complete, he said.

Sheng said international visitors arriving through Keelung Port can travel to other parts of the nation because the Keelung Railway Station and Kuokuang Bus Stop is very close to the new harbor service building.
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Old October 12th, 2012, 01:18 AM   #266
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Shih Chien University Gymnasium and Library / Artech Architects

Architects: Kris Yao | Artech Architects
Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

The project’s site spans across the center of the campus with the library, gymnasium, and other underground cultural center and conference center occupying the east and west side. The simple yet rich architecture aims to maintain the innovative spirit of the school.

The gymnasium in the west is designed with a double height corridor to connect the exterior of the school and the interior green space. The volume differentiates varying sizes of exercise spaces through the intertwining of transparent metal mesh above and solid concrete that extends from the bottom. The different program spaces of management and reading are emphasized through juxtaposing front and back volumes that create the overall architecture of the library. Both buildings have similar façades that face the green courtyard space, however the forms on the two sides of the sky plaza have contrasting elevation expressions – one receding and another protruding to create a dialogue between the activity space and quiet space. The asymmetric line of skylights above the green space echoes the form of the mountains of Tachih.

The outdoor stairs for reaching the third floor plaza are designed for both the gymnasium and the library, reflecting the trend of all campus architecture to be eventually all connected by sky bridges. The public spaces are therefore more fluid and open, unlike traditional individualistic architecture style.

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Old October 13th, 2012, 10:14 AM   #267
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Sat, Oct 13, 2012
Airport’s security boosted with new electric fencing
Taipei Times

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) said it has installed an electric fence system on top of the wall around the national gateway, which is scheduled to be activated by the end of this year.

A security loophole was discovered at Taoyuan airport after a woman climbed the perimeter wall which encircles the airport and entered the restricted area in July last year.

The woman managed to drive a ladder truck used by ground crew onto the taxiway and eventually to get herself on board an aircraft.

The company said the airport has a boundary of about 26km, which is currently only protected by one 3m high wall. This wall apparently provided inadequate protection, prompting the company to install the electric fence on top of the wall.

According to the company, the same electric fence system is being used by the Maanshan Nuclear Power Plant in Pintung County and is equipped with fiber-optic sensors.

However, the company said the electric fence system may not be sufficient to deter people from entering the restricted area. It added that it has planned a second wall around the airport next year, which is to be one to two meters higher than the current wall. The two walls would be separated by a few meters.

The company said the triple protection would make it difficult for people to enter the restricted area.
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Housing in Taipei / Chin Architects

Architects: Chin Architects
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Old November 2nd, 2012, 02:32 AM   #270
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Fri, Nov 02, 2012
Cabinet gives green light to Songshan airport plan
REACHING FOR THE SKY:The proposal calls for NT$10 billion for land acquisition, transportation upgrades and expansion of airport capacity, due for completion in 2013
Taipei Times

The Cabinet yesterday approved a development project to turn an area of up to 5 hectares adjacent to Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) into a zone offering multi-functional facilities for meetings and exhibitions, shops, accommodation, offices, and aviation-related business to “meet the needs of international business travelers.”

Executive Yuan spokesperson Cheng Li-wun (鄭麗文) told a press conference following the Cabinet meeting at which the proposal was approved by Premier Sean Chen that the airport was positioned to be “a capital’s business airport,” mainly serving international flights within the Asia-Pacific region and across the Taiwan Strait.

The proposal, coinitiated by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) and Taipei City Government, called for a public fund of NT$10 billion (US$342.18 million) for land acquisition, transportation upgrades and airport capacity expansion, and is expected to be completed in 2030.

The project aims to drive businesses to commit an investment of between NT$20 billion and NT$40 billion in urban renewal projects in the area and create 10,000 jobs, Ministry of Transportation and Communications Vice Minister Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時) said.

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Pasuya Yao (姚文智) and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Alex Tsai (蔡正元) both proposed that the airport be relocated outside the city, but the idea was rejected, Yeh said.

Based on “what I was told by many international business travelers,” Yeh said, the airport “stands a good chance” of becoming “the most convenient of international airports for visitors traveling around the world,” as a regional aviation hub, connecting four major cities — Taipei, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul.

The airport covers an area of 213 hectares and is used by civilian and military aircraft. It mostly handles domestic flights and resumed its function as an international airport when cross-strait flight services were launched in 2008, followed by direct flights to Haneda Airport in Tokyo in 2010 and Gimpo Airport in Seoul this year.

At the Cabinet meeting, Minister of National Defense Kao Hua-chu (高華柱) expressed the agency’s willingness to “minimize” military use of the airport, including a proposal to remove the Songshan Air Force Base, Cheng told the press conference.

Yeh said the MOTC was “thrilled” with Kao’s announcement because having the site of the air base included in the project would significantly enhance its development potential.
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Old November 5th, 2012, 01:04 AM   #271
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Airport MRT possibly postponed: bureau
Taipei Times with CNA

The expiration of a bid for the extension of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport MRT to Jhongli Train Station could cause construction to be postponed, Bureau of High Speed Rail Director-General Chu Shu (朱旭) said on Sunday.

The MRT line — with terminal stations at Taipei Main Station and the airport — was originally estimated to be 51.03km in length with a total of 22 stations in between, but after the Executive Yuan gave the green light to extend the line to Jhongli Train Station in 2010, the line would stretch 53.07km and have 24 stations in total. Total cost for the construction is tallied to be NT$13.8 billion (US$471 million).

Despite plans to have the extension line up and running by 2018, the bureau seems to be running into one obstacle after another with its construction plans.

Following the postponement of the use for the first stage of the MRT line from June next year to October next year, the bureau’s auction for contractors on the extension construction — posted in the middle of this month — has received no bidders.

The bureau said that it would be inviting bids again next month.

Commenting on the absence of bids, Chu said that the construction for the extension was a packaged construction bid, differing from the main line, where the construction and the electronics system had been separated into two different bids.

“As a package we understand that potential contractors would need more time to integrate the entire construction effort,” Chu said, adding that after the Land Expropriation Act (土地徵收條例) amendment went into went into effect in January, administrative processes would of necessity be dragged out due to observance of the “market value” of the land.

The amendment to the act stipulates that all land expropriation must be announced 30 days prior to the act being carried out, and all recompense must adhere to “market value,” which is to be decided by a governmental committee.

However, the bureau demands that electronics systems of the extension line be compatible with the main line and the lag of electronics systems on the main line has been a deterrent to contractors who might otherwise be interested, Chu said.

The extension line hopes to provide a more dynamic transportation system for both residents of Jhongli City and people across the nation, offering the possibility of taking existing Taiwan Railway Administration lines to Jhongli and then transferring to the airport, instead of having to make a duo-transition at Taipei Main Station.
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I've just found this project in arthitectural.com, it's not for Taipei but for Taichung, but as I think there isn't any thread here about this city, i'll put this really interesting project here!:
http://www.arthitectural.com/bnkr-ar...-taiwan-tower/
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Old November 13th, 2012, 12:56 AM   #273
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Anyone got a rendering for this project?

Updated Tuesday, November 13, 2012 0:25 am TWN
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Winner of Taipei Twin Towers bid plans to sue over allegations

By Adam Tyrsett Kuo--Taipei Gateway International Development Co. Ltd. (太極雙星) said yesterday that it will release a detailed written response to the public's concern over the C1/D1 Joint Development Buildings — also known as “Taipei Twin Towers.”

The firm reiterated that it complied fully with Taipei City regulations in securing the rights to the development project.

According to a statement released yesterday, the firm has also hired a team of legal experts and plans on suing those who have made false allegations against it.

Taipei Councilor Ying Hsiao-wei (應曉薇) recently cast doubts over the bidding process of the project, arguing that there is reason to suspect the firm of being a “shell corporation.”

Ying said that the company only has capital of NT$77 million, while the project is estimated at NT$70 billion.

Taipei's Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS, 捷運工程局), on the other hand, responded by saying that it was the consortium headed by Taipei Gateway International Development Co. Ltd. that won the bid and not the firm itself.

The consortium in question reportedly consists of IGB Corporation Berhad and Mid Valley City Sdn. Bdn.

IGB Corporation Berhad alone has a net worth of NT$20.9 billion, almost double the threshold set at NT$10.5 billion, said DORTS Joint Development Division (聯開處) chief Lin Hsun-chieh (林勳杰).

According to local reports, the Control Yuan and Taipei's Department of Government Ethics (政風處) have begun investigations into the case to determine whether there were incidents of misconduct concerning Taipei City officials.

The planned towers, located near Taipei Railway Station, are expected to become a major landmark and transportation hub in the nation's capital city.
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Updated Thursday, November 15, 2012 0:08 am TWN
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Mafioso involved in Taipei Twin Towers: report


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A Next Magazine report yesterday claimed that one of the chief investors behind Taipei Gateway International Development Co. Ltd. (太極雙星) — the firm that won the bid for the Taipei Twin Towers development project — is “Four Seas Gang” (四海幫) capo Cheng Hong-tao (程宏道).”

The Four Seas Gang is reportedly one of the most prominent mafia syndicates in Taiwan.

In response, Cheng said the allegation was “ludicrous.”

The Taipei City Government, on the other hand, said that its Department of Government Ethics (DOGE, 政風處) will conduct an investigation into the case.

During a Taipei City Council interpellation session in 2007, Councilor Lin Ruey-tou (林瑞圖) claimed that Cheng was a Four Seas capo. Afterward, Cheng sued Lin over the allegations and later reached a settlement with the councilor.

According to Next Magazine, Taipei Gateway International Development Co. Ltd. was set up by Cheng's construction company on Dec. 8, 2011.

Liu Wen-yao (劉文耀), brother of People First Party (PFP) Deputy Secretary-General Liu Wen-hsiung (劉文雄), was then appointed as chairman of the board, while Cheng served as a board member, the report said.

The magazine further claimed that since Cheng was previously involved in numerous scandals, he withdrew his name from the firm's list of board members and transferred his shares into the hands of Liu. These were preemptive measures against possible attacks from competitors in the bidding process.

The Taipei Twin Towers, also formally known as the C1/D1 Joint Development Buildings, are expected to become a major landmark and transportation hub in the capital city.

After Taipei Gateway International Development Co. Ltd. underwent restructuring, a subsidiary of Mori Building Co. Ltd. (森集團) became a part of it.

He Yue-ru (何岳儒), chief representative of the subsidiary, later replaced Liu as chairman of the firm.

During an interview with Next Magazine, PFP Deputy Secretary-General Liu Wen-hsiung said that his brother was a manager in Cheng's construction company rather than a financier.

“The shares of Taipei Gateway International Development Co. Ltd. were transferred to (my brother), but he was only a nominal member of the board. He never had any actual power within the firm,” Liu said.

In response to the accusations leveled against him, Cheng said that the idea of him being a Four Seas capo was utterly ludicrous, and that he had sued Taipei Councilor Lin Ruey-tou (林瑞圖) for making such a claim in 2007.

He also said that when the Mori Building subsidiary became part of Taipei Gateway International Development Co. Ltd., he left the firm because he did not think he was capable of handling the Taipei Twin Towers project and so he chose to have someone else take over instead.
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Sun, Nov 18, 2012
Relocate Taipei airport, DPP legislator urges
DIFFERENT VISIONS:Pasuya Yao says the space could become a riverside park, but officials say that merging it with Taoyuan airport would be difficult
Taipei Times with CNA

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Pasuya Yao (姚文智) voiced his opposition to the Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) development project on Friday and demanded that the airport be relocated, a task transportation officials said would be very difficult to achieve.

At a public hearing at the Legislative Yuan, Yao spelled out his opposition to the plan, which calls for transforming the facility into a business airport bordered by a planned “commercial corridor” with hotels, a convention center and shopping malls.

Yao suggested that the airport be relocated so that a riverside park can be developed on the land along the Keelung River (基隆河).

More green space in the urban area would not only reduce the “heat island effect” in the city, but also expand the space city residents have to engage in leisure activities, he said.

A river wharf could also be built as part of the city’s efforts to rehabilitate the Tamsui River (淡水河) and Keelung River that run through Taipei, transforming the airport into a river port, he said.

As part of the plan, urban renewal and the revival of businesses in the old town on the right bank of the Tamsui River would gain new momentum with just some planning and additional infrastructure, Yao said.

Chen Chin-sheng (陳進生), deputy director of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ Department of Navigation and Aviation, said that Yao’s proposal would be hard to achieve.

Chen said his agency had assessed the possibility of merging the city airport with Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in Taoyuan County, the country’s main international gateway, and found it would be a very challenging task.

Taipei airport plays a different role than Taoyuan airport, serving as a hub for domestic, Northeast Asian and cross-strait flights that serve about 6.5 million people living in the greater Taipei area, Chen said.

It is positioned as a small, but fully functional capital city airport, while Taoyuan airport is defined as a multi-dimensional facility providing international and regional flight services, Chen said, describing the two airports as “complementary.”

That means transforming Songshan into a capital city business airport is “the best option so far identified by the ministry,” Chen said.
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Groups voice objections to museum expansion project

The NT$32 billion (US$1.07 billion) Grand National Palace Museum Project only seeks to flatter China and could put the area at risk of mudslides, said academics, retired National Palace Museum staff and residents of Linxi Borough (臨溪) in Taipei’s Shilin District (士林) on Thursday last week at a public hearing.

Initiated by the legislature’s Education and Culture Committee, a public hearing inviting several concerned parties was held last week at the museum to discuss its expansion project, which, despite having yet to be approved by the Council for Economic Planning and Development and the Taipei City Government, has been seeking a substantial budget in the legislature.

During a project presentation, National Palace Museum Deputy Director Chou Chu-kun (周筑昆) cited a feasibility report to reassure concerned participants that the project would not raise the risk of landslides in the area, as showed by a geological exploration.

Museum authorities also presented photographs of exhibition halls overcrowded with visitors, mostly Chinese tourists, to highlight the need for the museum’s expansion.

The project includes the approximately five-fold expansion of the museum to display its giant collection of more than 680,000 items and the construction of a cultural park around the museum.

However, most attendees shrugged off the museum’s justifications of the plan and voiced their concerns over what they said were more troubling matters.

National Taiwan University professor Liu Ko-fei (劉格非), who conducted a geological assessment of the area for the museum, said he highlighted in his report that the mountains behind the museum were susceptible to landslides that could swallow the museum’s employee dormitory in the event of heavy rains.

“This must be the museum’s first priority,” Liu added.

Lin Feng-sung (林豐松), a retired museum staff member, said there were scores of giant rocks in the mountains behind the museum, which may help retain moisture, but were of little help in preventing landslides, adding that the unstable geological situation was the main reason the museum had refused to dig out a basement for its main building in the past.

Lin said he had narrowly escaped a landslide near the museum in 1975 after a dozen days of light rain.

“The rocks were still dry, but they buried three of my colleagues alive,” Lin said, adding that he started studying the geological structure of the areas around the museum after his narrow escape.

“Whoever on the stage dares to guarantee that no such [landslide] accident will ever occur, please raise your hand,” Lin asked, receiving no response.

A retired teacher, who requested anonymity, said the issue of overcrowded exhibition halls had little to do with insufficient space, and more to do with the museum’s poor management.

“While the most appealing artifacts at the museum are small-sized national treasures, such as the jadeite cabbage, gift shops, coffee houses and high-end restaurants take up a large proportion of space in the museum,” the retired teacher said.

“Such establishments not only occupy a large part of the museum’s two main exhibition halls, but also interfere with their exhibition planning,” he said, urging the museum to redesign its traffic flow.

Linxi Borough warden Kuo Chao-fu (郭肇富) agreed, saying that as the proposed expansion project involved complicated geological problems, the underground water system and transportation, the museum should instead seek internal improvements such as removing all shops and eateries from its main building.

“We, who have lived in Waishuangxi (外雙溪) for many generations, strongly believe that the Grand National Palace Museum project is a mistake,” Kuo added.

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), who also attended the public hearing, urged the museum to conduct another feasibility assessment in line with the changes made to its original construction plan.

“This feasibility report was conducted on the presumption that the proposed Cultural and Creative Industrial Park would be constructed first. However, what has been put as the first part of the construction plan is [the renovation project] of the museum’s main building,” Lin said.

Since the park will no longer be constructed first, the museum should have carried out another evaluation of its proposal, rather than use its initial feasibility report for a different plan, Lin said.

Tseng Kuang-chung (曾光中), dean of Chung Yuan Christian University’s Department of Architecture, also expressed doubts about the museum’s feasibility report, saying its contents were misleading and that the museum should carry out a reassessment.

Chang Shih-hsien (張世賢), former director of the museum’s technology office, proposed replacing the project with the Grand Shuangxi project.

Chang said the Grand Shuangxi project included a plan to build more parking lots either in Shilin or Dazhi (大直) districts to prevent sightseeing buses from driving into the museum’s surrounding valleys and to preserve the area’s scenery.

Meanwhile, some participants established a link between the project and China.

A local resident criticized the expansion project, saying that if the plan only aimed at accommodating the influx of Chinese tourists, the planned buildings would become yet more empty “mosquito-breeding halls” if the number of Chinese tourists to Taiwan decreased in the future.

“To put it bluntly, this grand project has been launched for nothing but the sake of catering to Chinese tourists,” the resident said.

Another resident said the project was former National Palace Museum director Chou Kung-shin’s (周功鑫) way of buttering up the Beijing-based Palace Museum.
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VOA Associates designs new mixed-use project in Taipei City

San Chong is a mixed-use project located in Taipei City. Situated near a historic waterway in Taipei, the project consists of seven high-rise residential towers with units ranging from economy to luxury. San Chong will also feature a 50,000 square metrer retail mall with atrium.

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Updated Friday, November 23, 2012 12:28 am TWN
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New home rollouts below market expectations: housing magazine

New home constructions in Greater Taipei may hit a total value of NT$860 billion this year, far below market expectations as the housing industry reels from the real-value home registration system, My Housing Magazine reported yesterday.

The figure would be a decline of 3.5 percent from the NT$891.1 billion for last year.

Real-value home registration took effect in August this year. The government took the measure to offer more transparency in the housing market. Under the system, buyers are required to report real home transaction prices, which are displayed on a government website and accessible to all.

Yet on the positive side, new home constructions in Greater Taipei are expected to increase to NT$950 billion next year, the trade publication said.

The figures for Greater Taichung and Greater Kaohsiung next year are expected to be NT$160 billion and NT$120 billion, respectively, about the same as 2012, the magazine said. Altogether the total from the three metropolises will hit NT$1.23 trillion in 2013, it said.

The magazine attributed the likely increase in Greater Taipei to the fact developers are expected to postpone new construction rollouts to next year. According to the publication, some NT$80 billion to NT$90 billion worth of new home constructions that were supposed to have come out during the Oct. 10 National Day period will be delayed to the springtime of next year.

Home prices in Greater Taipei are expected to see flat growth next year due to a string of measures to curb speculation, the magazine said.
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