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Application Number 0000701547
Author Hsu, Fang-Chi , Taiwan (Republic of China)
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Work title: ROADS:GROUND (0000701547)

As cities grow, roads are inevitably pre-requisites to ensure proper trafficking of materials and goods needed for a sustained development. While blocks are being filled, land availability becomes increasingly scarce; people look to expand outward or skyward to satisfy greater population accommodation. High density regions in the South East Asia, such as Hong Kong and Taiwan have conferred about alternative and innovative ways to define ground plane while these cities clearly lacking land. However, nobody really treat city’s roads as possible targets for serious and creative operations. Given 20% of Taipei’s land area are roads, and on average, vehicles only occupy 22% of it at any given time, can we look to roads as alternatives beyond stacking higher and expand further to alleviate spatial demand. While maintaining proper traffic flow, this project looks to unjail road’s unoccupied areas (15.6% of city’s land area) through meticulous traffic control. While unleashing road’s land for “termed renting”, it is only logical to investigate road with urban region’s metabolistic mechanisms, as flows of goods and wastes are mainly channeled through city’s road system. Furthermore, cities’ skyrocketing land price put any efforts of recycling farther and farther away from city centers, establishing a vicious cycle of logistic inefficiency. Integrating transport trafficking, mechanisms of recycling, and waste control through road’s available land seemed to be a possibility to streamline urban center’s daily operations. Methodologically, controlling traffic and street lights made schemed trafficking possible: The whole metabolistic control matrix span from scheduled traffic manipulation at one end to engage roads as means of recycling operators; to scheduled activities of vendor/commerce operations and controlled vertical navigations with buildings at the other end. This project investigates Taipei’s Zhong-Xiao East Road and regions to its immediate vicinity as potential site of implementation. This area hosts one of the busiest commercial activities in the South East Asia. It also poses a sky high good-to-waste turn-around rate, with an average person producing more than two kilograms of waste per day. Given such energetic commercial activities, Zhong-Xiao E. Rd inevitably hosts one of the largest illegal recycling networks. Unable to locate land for recycling storage and exchanges, transactions are being carried out illegally on the street. Zhong Xiao E. Rd’s active car and pedestrian traffic encourage a large population of mobile vendors at the street level, congesting transit flows. Lastly, it takes four to six months for this region to complete a full cycle of goods to waste recycling. This project proposes to relieve Zhong Xiao E. Rd’s timely available lands of pure vehicle use, and engage these scheduled spots with regionally integrated recycling networking, and mobile transactions. It should greatly increase this region’s commercial sustainability. Maybe before we reinvent the ground plane, we should re-investigate what is already established: Ground plane is not only about bordering above and below, more opportunities lie in the border itself, waiting to be uncovered.