Location Taipei, Taiwan
This design is based on an observation that modern urban infrastructural systems, which efficiently transfer waste, heat, energy, water and other essential resources through the metropolis, have reduced awareness in the general public about how such systems operate. By extension, this misunderstanding of infrastructural effect does not help in highlighting the larger environmental cost of our efficient modern legacy. Here, this issue is considered with regard to Taipei Main Station – a site of intensive use and one that currently experiences high levels of air pollution and significant heat, which creates an urban heat island.
The design speculates on the potential of researching other possible energy systems that could generate power for the train station. The ambition is to integrate the flow of energy and waste matter of these new systems, such as thermoelectric energy and bioreactors, with the built environment. It is intended that the flow of these new energy systems would be physically expressed in an ephemeral way, with a fluctuating presence that reflected the climatic and energetic changes of the station.
Courtesy of Wendy Teo