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Taiwan students showcase their art at London event

Staff writer, with CNA

Students from National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and Chinese Culture University presented innovative artworks yesterday at the preliminary opening of a London architecture design event being held at University of Westminster in the UK capital.

Speaking in London on Thursday, Taiwan’s representative to the UK Shen Lyu-shun (沈呂巡) said that the artworks on display at the International Architecture and Design Showcase utilized high-tech multimedia technology, highlighted the creativity of Taiwanese youth and show the world Taiwan’s soft power.

One of the artworks created by teachers and students from NCKU is an 8m high installation made out of cotton, wire, tires and Tribulus terrestris, a type of weed that grows easily in any environment.

Hwang Buh-Ching (黃步青), an associate professor at NCKU’s Department of Architecture, said the team spent over six months to make the piece to highlight Taiwan’s grassroots characteristics, mobility and cultural strength.

As for the Chinese Culture University, students showed their concern over climate change by creating an eco-friendly architectural design. The design, which uses digital technology, highlights the “paperless” concepts of environmental protection and urban renewal, said Monica Kuo (郭瓊瑩), dean of the university’s College of Environmental Design.

Architecture designs from 40 countries on four continents are on display at the show, which is organized by the British Council in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture, held from June 23 to July 8, and the upcoming London Design Festival, which will take place from Sept. 14 to Sept. 23.

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