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Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
Chen Yu
Historic Asian cities
Waterfront rejuvenation
Issue Date: 2-Jun-2010
Citation: ZHANG SHUHAN (2010-06-02T09:17:59Z). CONNECTAINAN : TAINAN ANPING MARINA BAY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The city of Tainan is currently placed within a peculiar context of predicament and potential. A historic port of ancient China and the location of Taiwan’s first capital and modern city, Tainan underwent a series of transformations during the sovereignty changes of various governments including Dutch colonization and the Japanese Occupation. As such, the historical significance of Tainan is evident. Unfortunately, in the process of Taiwan’s increased modernization and economic development, it were cities such as Taipei and Kaoshiung that rose to the occasion, resulting in a conspicuous lack of urban provisions on Tainan’s part. Although Tainan suffered the disadvantages of a lesser developed city, she has hence managed to retain an old-world charm differentiating herself from an increasingly homogenous city culture. While Tainan’s counterparts underwent massive transformations brought about by heavy-handed planning strategies, Tainan City was left very much to her own devices.In recent years, however, a series of new governmental policies seek to elevate Tainan City’s status to that of a historic avenue offering an experience steeped in culture and tradition. Masterplanning strategies released by the Urban Planning Department of Tainan City Council (TNCC) reveal an interest in the development of Tainan as a historic city, attractive to tourists for her distinctive monuments and religious rituals. As much as the implementation of these strategies would without doubt improve the city’s current lack of urban infrastructure (such as an efficient public transport network), it is feared that Tainan City would thus be made analogous to the larger cities of Taipei and Kaoshiung, eroding Tainan’s unequaled appeal as a traditional city of mid-density population and low-rise city fabric. Furthermore, planning strategies concerning the development and conservation of Tainan’s waterfront is also under scrutiny. Consisting of Anping Harbor and Tainan Canal (tainanyunhe), the waterfront is a crucial source of livelihood for locals engaged in the fishing and maritime activities. Following the relocation of Tainan City’s commercial centre to the Central Western District, the city has effectively turned its back on the waterfront. With a declined reliance on fishing and maritime economic activities, Tainan City’s waterfront runs the risk of redundancy and destitution. It is with the interest of exploring waterfront rejuvenation in historic Asian cities that I delved into the urban planning policies and design strategies of Tainan City’s Anping District as well as its perimeter along the waterfront.
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