Interweaving Two Worlds

by Li-Cheng Chen
Pavlina Lucas
Taipei, Taiwan
- Imagining Taipei as a Zoo City This project discusses the interrelationship between city and nature from different perspectives and focuses on the potential and possibility of interweaving the two. The design creates biological passageways and relieves environmental problems by transforming existing infrastructures. The main goals are to join natural areas that are separated by the city and to return some spaces in the city to animals. So that they can pass through the city safely, and even be willing to stay.
How to bring wildlife back to the city?
How to bring wildlife back to the city?

In my imagination, the zoo may be a city with biodiversity and frequent encounters with different species. However, the wild city can reconnect an increasingly urbanized public with the natural world.

Cities keep expanding outwards, taking more land for human use and away from other species. This situation has caused animal species to lose their habitats, lack resources and become endangered. Furthermore, the living areas of some species overlap with cities, but cities rarely consider their needs. When certain species have a need to move for food and mating, they can only bypass huge cities or risk crossing them.

Cities in Taiwan are dense and rapidly expanding to the surrounding area. The natural environment had been relatively unimportant to the citizens for a long time. Nevertheless, the periphery of the high-density city still maintains a high degree of biodiversity, and the citizens’ environmental awareness has gradually increased

The ways for connect city, wilderness and existing zoo by create a loop.

  • Connect existing rivers, pond, parks, green spaces and even street trees
  • transform viaduct, bridge and underground waterway system for wildlife
  • place more man-made nature in the city (ruins, open space)

In order to increase feasibility, there must be more strategies

  • act with three main animal groups: insect, bird and mammal
  • mix two types space(passageway and corridor) into the system
  • make different levels of interaction between the animals and human

Other design methods can be applied to this case.

  • speculative design
  • parkour