Sun, Dec 12, 2004 - Page 18 News List

Eco-technology paves the way without concrete

The Taiwan New Landscapes Movement is pioneering standards for public-works projects

By Gavin Phipps  /  STAFF REPORTER

Schools built under the New Taiwan Landscapes Movement are not bunker-looking structures, but incorporate large areas of flora and modern angular buildings made of wood and other sustainable materials. And, more importantly, these schools are no longer solely seats of learning.

"These buildings now have other functions. Schools can be used by local communities and in some cases have become centers for the community," Lin said. "They offer different perspectives compared with previous buildings where, thanks to the improvements made to school grounds, such things as sustainable development and recycling can be taught."

It is hoped that by 2008 many of the unsightly concrete scars of industrialization will have been erased, if architects and engineers continue to follow the New Taiwan Landscapes Movement's lead.

"If we take this opportunity to build successful working models of how eco-technology can enable us to work with nature instead of against it, then I think that it will ensure that our environment doesn't suffer like it has over the past three decades," Hsieh said.

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