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Deal with floods the natural way

By Wang Jieh-jiuh 王价巨

As the frequency of natural disasters increases and their impact becomes increasingly severe, it seems that major disasters are becoming a part of life, and water plays an important role.

As a result of the increasingly large expropriations and redesign of land in recent years, large areas of agricultural and forest land have been turned into construction sites, which means that land use is going through planned transformation on a large scale.

If we continue to rely on traditional methods, the risk will remain unchanged. We must change our attitude toward natural disasters, and if we want to address the cause of the problem, attitudes and policies need to change because water will always find ways to get through.

Using appropriate space planning and design is the way to go if we are to be able to coexist with water. Whether or not that will be possible will of course depend on the government’s vision and resolve.

Wang Jieh-jiuh is an associate professor of architecture at Ming Chuan University.

Translated by Perry Svensson

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