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The New Construction Office wins the Outstanding Awards in the environmental planning and design of the Landscape Awards with three projects: Xinsheng canal, the pedestrian environment on Zhongxiao East Road, and Zhongzheng Bridge

The New Construction Office of the Public Works Department of Taipei City Government has won the Outstanding Awards in the “2020 8th Taiwan Landscape Awards” with three projects. They are the “Construction Project for Reimaging of the Canal and Pedestrian Landscape at Xinsheng South Road Section 3” for winning the Award of Excellence in the environmental planning and design category, “Zhongzheng Bridge Reconstruction Project” and “Zhongxiao East Road and other sections with east-west axis and surrounding pedestrian environment improvement projects” for winning the Honorable Mention in the environmental planning and design category. The awards were presented by the Taiwan Institute of Landscape Architects at the award ceremony held at the Taipei Municipal Archives, Shuxin Hall, on January 9, 2020.
 
Wang, Chien-chung, Deputy Director of the New Construction Office, said that the canal on Xinsheng South Road is the result of continuous improvement on the pedestrian environment of the boulevard of the “2016 World Design Capital: Municipal Construction Highlights Project,” expanding the implementation of human-oriented transportation, creating open space in the university city, reimaging the concept of urban history, awakening citizens’ memories of the roads and lands in the past. It starts from the concept of “disaster prevention, flood storage, and sustainability,” not only paying attention to ecological restoration but also shaping new relationships between people, space, and life, as well as making Taipei a livable city where people and nature can coexist harmoniously by creating a water-friendly environment based on canals. The canals’ base is located beside the sidewalk on the east side of Xinsheng South Road and the hinterland of National Taiwan University, ranging from Roosevelt Road in the south to Xinhai intersection in the north. The design feature is based on “flow,” breaking down the original barriers by demolishing the existing campus walls, introducing the “flow” to the base, and forming an ecologically friendly belt-shaped green corridor with the “green flow” of the campus and sidewalks. The “spatial flow” generated after the demolition of the wall creates spatial forms of different scales and atmospheres, which further creates “communication” to connect lives and activities nearby, turning the original marginal space of the campus into a communication platform facing the city. A hydrological image is recreated, as well as an open space suitable for teachers, students, communities, and citizens to use together through the reorganization of pedestrian space and interface.
 
Kuo, Yu-hsien, Chief of the Planning and Design Section of the New Construction Office, said that the Zhongzheng Bridge is an important line of communication between Taipei City and New Taipei City. As the traffic volumes are large and part of the bridge have been built for a long time, the earthquake and flood resistance capacity are insufficient, and the reconstruction is necessary. Since part of the old bridge was built during the Japanese occupation period, it has historical preservation value. Therefore, the old bridge is especially reserved and registered as a historical building of the city. The newly built Zhongzheng Bridge is a steel arch bridge without piers erected along the riverbed. The overall landscape features the design concept of “Harmony,” combining the magnificence of the New Zhongzheng Bridge and the Kawabata Bridge that echoes one another. 

Hung, Wei-tsung, Chief of the Utilities Conduit Planning Section of the New Construction Office, said that in recent years, Taipei City has actively promoted the East and West gateway projects. The projects have been implemented one after another, focusing on the environmental improvement and transportation system of individual areas, and the planning of the transportation system and human-oriented environment between two areas is insufficient. Zhongxiao East Road connects two major gateways, focusing on three major goals: a human-oriented road that is safe and easy to walk, an environmental-friendly and resilient road, a compassionate and smart road, and integrating MRT entrances and exits, parking spaces, sidewalks and bus stops. Through public construction and friendly environmental planning, it creates road spaces with new specifications, as well as a resilient road environment through green and sustainable implementation. It combines modern technology, introduces smart designs, effectively monitors the environment information, and makes citizens’ lives more convenient.