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i guess anything's better than the old terminal.
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New airport terminal project to attract international bids: chairman

Taipei, Oct. 2 (CNA) Many international companies are showing interest in a project to build a third terminal at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TIA), a rare large airport construction plan, an airport executive said Sunday. The new project, which is estimated to cost NT$60 billion (US$1.96 billion), will open bidding for a chief consultant at the end of the year, said Yeh Kuang-shih, chairman of the TIA Corp. The project director will be in charge of various aspects of the project, including general planning, an environmental impact assessment (EIA), basic design and supervision of construction, Yeh said. The new terminal is expected to be able to handle 43 million passengers when service begins in 2018, compared with the 30 million people the two existing terminals can serve. The third terminal will be built to the west of Terminal Two, with facilities for entertainment, shopping, conferences and even accommodation, the official added. The decision to build an extra terminal is based on an assessment by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, which said the two existing terminals will not be enough for an estimated passenger volume of 45 million by 2020. Three terminals will be sufficient to serve the estimated 58 million passengers by 2030.


they better hire a great foreign architectural firm to design this new terminal. all i'm saying.
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Who will be leader of consultation team?
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第三航站區委託總顧問技術服務資訊徵求(RFI)說明會 新聞稿發布日期:2011-10-28 (企劃暨行銷處)桃園國際機場公司辦理第三航站區委託總顧問技術服務
資訊徵求(RFI)說明會 新聞稿
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Information for T3 RFI Seminar2011-10-27 (Business Planning & Marketing Department)Information for T3 RFI Seminar

Thank you for attending Taoyuan International Airport T3 RFI Seminar. One of the most important purposes of the seminar is to collect professional comments and suggestions from potential tender in order to implement highly efficient development for Terminal 3 Area.

We would appreciate your comments and suggestions for our project. All information and suggestion about the implementation for T3 area development and GC services gathered will be considered while we prepare the tender document of this project.



How to feedback your comments:
Please download and fill in the form of T3 RFI feedback.doc on behalf of your company or organization. We appreciate you reply to T3@mail.taoyuan-airport.com and ting.tac@gmail.com before Friday, Nov.4 2011. Thank you.



Seminar materials to download:

1. T3 RFI Seminar Presentation

2. Appendix-20111027 GC Scope

3. Feedback Form



2011 年10 月27 日桃園國際機場公司舉辦第三航站區委託總顧問技術服務資訊徵求(Request for Information)說明會。機場公司公開邀集包括:工程顧問、建築顧問及航站建設相關業者與會,說明會內容除對業者說明機場園區未來發展規劃、第三航站區專案之階段性推動架構、及總顧問之招標方式外,並分別以現場Q/A 及會後書面問卷方式,徵詢專業意見,以確保本公司後續總顧問技術服務招標準備更為完善。本次說明會分為上、下午2 場次,共有國內外90 家以上企業、約180 名代表與會,其中除了23 家國內廠商外,國際廠商有67 家,涵蓋美國、加拿大、英國、法國、荷蘭、西班牙、德國、丹麥、日本、韓國、新加坡、香港及印度等13 國家及地區。



桃園國際機場公司總經理林鵬良在致詞時表示,第1 次RFI 研討會由民航局主辦,距本次研討會正好一整年。一年來有改變與不變,有挑戰與機會。改變的是:參與公司由34 家增為90 家,意味著競爭將更為激烈,同時也讓桃園機場有更多機會吸取業者的專業知識與經驗。本機場第一航廈於1979 年落成,第二航廈在2000 年建成,此後就沒有重大建設專案,但旅客量持續成長,去年(2010)已突破2,500 萬人次,創下歷史紀錄,這就是我們的挑戰來源;因此我們必須廣納專業的建議來建第三航廈,以提供旅客更好的服務。而桃園機場的機會也在於此:第三航廈一旦建造完成,將是本機場能否成為東亞地區轉運樞紐的重要契機。



就機場的發展而言,這一年間有許多力求進步的變化,那就是持續的學習及傾聽,包括:拜訪標竿機場CEO、參加國際會議、及與相關業者進行雙邊會議,這些學習及傾聽讓我們吸取了許多專業的經驗與建議,並互相交換寶貴的意見,成果十分豐碩。



另就計畫的進度而言,這一年來的變化在於,2009 年9 月由交通部主導、委託野村總合研究所公司籌劃的機場園區發展綱要計畫,已於 2011 年4 月經行政院核定,成為國家重大計畫,其中,尤以第三航廈的建造最為重要。



在這一年之中不變的是我們建設第三航廈的決心,桃園機場的確落後於先進的標竿機場,從負面的角度來看的確如此。但若從正面角度思考,現在才開始規劃新的機場航廈時機是剛好的。傳統機場設計的思維在於服務個別航空公司,現今的設計思維則是,機場所服務的不是個別航空公司,而是航空公司聯盟,同一聯盟希望將航空公司夥伴集中在一個航廈內運作,方便旅客轉機,機場才能吸引更多旅客。這種思維模式,正好使得現在成為建造航廈的最好機會。



此次說明會的內容包括未來機場公司將依據綱要計畫及實施計畫逐步推動第三航廈建設,架構設計為三階段:規劃階段、設計階段及施工階段。項目包含WC 滑行道遷建與雙線化工程,以及第三航廈主廊廳、停機坪、旅客運輸系統、地面運輸中心、複合式商業設施等建設項目,預定於2018 年中完工啟用。



有關時程安排,將待機場園區實施計畫核定後,預計在2012 年1 月初啟動第三航站區委託總顧問技術服務招標程序。



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http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/biz/.../02/2003517232

Boeing executive expects growing demand in Asia
By Amy Su / Staff Reporter

Boeing Co is forecasting strong long-term growth for the airline sector, with growing momentum in Asia outpacing other regions as the number of flights increases, a company executive said yesterday.

“This is true not only for the cross-strait market, but also the ASEAN region as a whole,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth told a press conference in Taipei.

The aircraft maker said air travel in Asia through 2030 is projected to grow by 6.6 percent annually, with air cargo growing at an annual rate of just over 6 percent, on the back of average regional GDP growth of 4.4 percent.

That would translate into demand for an additional 2,100 airplanes to meet the growth and another 650 airplanes to replace aging fleets, resulting in activity valued at US$410 billion in total, the company said.

The recent uncertainties in the global economy and higher-than-expected fuel prices have made this year more challenging than expected, but Tinseth said he was confident that strong growth would continue in the air travel sector in the long run.

Boeing estimates that the global airline sector will order an additional 33,500 aircraft over the next 20 years, translating into purchases valued at US$4 trillion.

For Taiwan’s aviation sector, growth in the cross-strait market is playing a key role, he said, adding that Taipei is already positioned as one of the few major hubs to facilitate air travel to cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.

“Scheduled air services to China have been an important source of new traffic and revenue for Taiwanese airlines,” Tinseth said. “More than 400 scheduled passenger flights per week fly from Taiwan to China, where services previously had been restricted to chartered flights.”

In addition, the airplane maker said that single-aisle aircraft would be best suited to serve routes across the Taiwan Strait and within Asia.

“Of the 2,750 additional airplanes that Asia would need over the next two decades, 1,720 airplanes, or 62 percent, will be single-aisle airplanes,” Tinseth added.
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I actually saw the before and after bus areas (in September, and October for 10-10), I gotta say it's done fairly well, except that I think capacity will be an issue. There really weren't enough seats, plus they were facing the other way it was hard to tell when the buses arrived so a lot of people had to stand outside to wait.



On my way leaving Taiwan, one of the elevators in Terminal 1 actually caught one of the trolley's going UP. The cart then flipped over, got caught, and everyone behind the elevator just got crushed and piled up at the end of the top, until finally the escalator emergency stopped. luckily I was right around the corner and was able to help start removing carts, luggages and people out. It caught a group of Vietnamese tourists, mostly in their 60's. Something like this should NEVER happen again at a world class airport.
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Skytrax last three reviews.

http://www.airlinequality.com/Airpor..._forum/tpe.htm
TAIPEI TAOYUAN AIRPORT customer review : 10 December 2011 by Y Fung (USA)
Rating : 8/10

Recommended

Felt clean and fresh in Terminal 2. Pleasant staff member greeting everyone with a warm smile and gave us map/information we needed. Went through all the check points without any problem. The only thing to complain about is the airport itself, nowhere close to what I expected from an international airport, not many places to shop or eat, maybe because it is being remodelled - it really seems to lack facilities.


Taipei Taoyuan Airport customer review : 12 October 2011 by Y Zhan (Taiwan)
Rating : 8/10

I use Taoyuan Terminal 2 almost every month and the security and immigration officers here are courteous and helpful, even when there are crowds and queues. There is plenty of airside shopping, though prices for souvenirs and edible gifts are higher than in downtown Taipei stores. Wifi speeds are better airside than at the landside. Airside toilets are clean but landside toilets are sometimes dirty.


Taipei Taoyuan Airport customer review : 11 September 2011 by W Osborne (USA)
Rating : 9/10

LAX to TPE. When we got off our plane we made our way to immigration where there was virtually no wait. When I got to the officer she stared straight at me and checked my passport and gave it back without a word. After that we proceeded to baggage claim and again got through quickly. It's nice that they have shuttle service to the high speed rail station. However, if you have a long layover there then there is virtually nothing to do. One tiny food court and a small exhibit for the national palace museum. If you're staying overnight, I would recommend spending 40 mins and staying overnight in downtown Taipei.



Compare much earlier comment, I can see it get improvements.
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how come it didnt get any stars? not even 1!!
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Taipei Taoyuan International Airport pax up 17% for Mar-2012


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Taiwan's Taipei Taoyuan International Airport passenger numbers up 17% - traffic highlights for Mar-2012:

Passenger numbers: 2.3 million, +16.6%;
Cargo volume: 143,255 tonnes, -6.6%;
Aircraft movements: 14,783, +10.4%.
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Taoyuan airport plans to upgrade security system
PLUGGING THOSE HOLES:The airport is inviting bids by contractors to install an upgraded electronic surveillance system, as the current system is afflicted by blind spots
By Shelley Shan / Staff reporter

Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC) said yesterday it would soon install an electronic system on the peripheral walls of the nation’s largest airport, allowing the company to track anyone who trespasses in the airport’s restricted zones.

The company decided to beef up security at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport following an incident in July last year, when a woman was able to sneak into the airport’s restricted area, drive a ladder truck used by the ground crew onto the taxiway and eventually board a China Airlines aircraft. She was found sleeping in the crew lounge.

Seven TIAC officials were penalized for the incident.

TIAC said the airport is equipped with a surveillance system, but there remain some blind spots. The current system is also unable to immediately report whenever a break-in occurs, it added. The new electronic system will detect intruders, identify the point of infiltration and follow the target’s movement, so that the company’s staff can quickly apprehend the trespasser, the company said.

According to TIAC, the new electronic system is estimated to cost NT$180 million (US$6.1 million). The company said it plans to allow contractors to bid for the project by the end of this month, adding that installation work could begin in May.

The new electronic system is expected to be operational by November, the company said.
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World Routes: Taipei Taoyuan International Airport Status Overview
by JL
During the World Routes event earlier this month, the author for this site had the opportunity to sat down with delegates from Taipei Taoyuan International Airport and had a discussion regarding the current status and the future plan of the airport.

The following are selected excerpts from the interview. Note the original interview was conducted in Chinese. Below is the translation to English. There is no alteration to its main message the airport trying to spread out, despite the translation to English may slightly different. (以下是個人在今年10月參與柏林舉行的World Routes大會時, 向台北桃園國際機場代表做關於機場現在和未來發展所做的訪問的英文版. 中文原文請參閱台灣的玉山航空網站. 雖然翻譯成英文版時語意有少許變更, 但基本原意並未做任何修改.)


What has changed since Taipei Taoyuan International Airport became a corporation management structure in late-2010?
Taoyuan International Airport (TIA) became a corporation in Nov 2011. Since the change we are able to discuss any issues regarding the airport directly with The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), by-passing Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA). In general, CAA conducts the decision and plannings for the airport, and acts as “The Middleman” between as and MOTC. However, sometimes our ideas are unheard by the MOTC because the CAA may disapprove it.

Please explain the current status and future development of the airport.
Currently TIA is undergoing renovation for both passenger terminals as well as runways.

We are currently renovating Terminal 1, which the project is expected to complete by late-2011/early-2012. Upon completion for Terminal 1, over annual capacity will raise from 15 million to 17 million. There will be minor renovation for Terminal 2, which was opened in 2000s. Project for runway overhaul was launched in September 2011, and we expect the overhaul and upgrades will complete by 2012.

Regarding future development, as part as Taiwan Government’s “Taoyuan Aero Park Project”, this includes the new Terminal 3 and expanded apron/tarmac. For Terminal 3, we are scheduled to issue Request for Proposal (RFP) around 27OCT11, inviting bidders for the terminal building design of Terminal 3. Our current goal for Terminal 3 is construction to be completed by late-2018/early-2019, and be fully operational by 2019. Upon completion of Terminal 3, TIA will have the ability to handle 43 million passengers per year. Our projected annual capacity is 45.4 million by 2020, 58.9 million by 2030. The area of Terminal 3 exceeds combined T1 and T2.

Our tentative schedules for Terminal 3 design and long-term development includes:
*Phase 1
Planning for Third Runway and new Satellite Terminal, which are located North of the current location of TIA. However the land expropriation has not begun, which we are expecting 5-year time frame for this particular project.

Between 2011 and 2015, we will be moving current WC taxiway
Between 2016 and 2020, we plan to start the construction of aprons/tarmac, Terminal 3 concourses and additional Cargo Bay

The Aviation Museum, located at the current location for planned Terminal 3, is scheduled to be demolished by 2012. (When being asked about the future of the museum, TIA responded there are several proposals being studied, including possibility of integrating into Terminal 3 design)

*Phase 2
Developing new cargo terminals, aprons and MRO areas between 2017 and 2020
Development of the new Satellite Concourse between 2019 and 2030
Construction of the 3rd Runway as well as new taxiway is planned between 2026 and 2030

*Phase 3
Upon completion of phase 2, T1 re-development and its surrounding area will begin, including the reallocation of cargo terminal area
New “EC” Taxiway is also to be built after phase 2 completion

In Taiwan, there has been reports and rumors that Terminal 1 may be demolished in the future. What is the actual plan for T1?
Once Terminal 3 enters operation, we are included to keep existing Terminal 1. This would make sense as we are currently investing in the renovation for long-term use/operation. We do have several proposals, which may turn Terminal 1 into a low-cost terminal, but we don’t have any concrete decisions yet.

A Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) link is currently under construction which will link the airport with Downtown Taipei. There has been criticism on the route planning, in particular with multiple-stops between the airport and Taipei
The route planning was done by previous policy makers so we don’t have much say about it, especially the construction project is underway, and expected to enter operation by 2014. However, we are currently planning 1-stop service between the airport and Downtown Taipei, which takes only 28 minutes.

Is the MRT 24-hour operational?
Our future target is 24-hour operational, but since we don’t have many red-eye flights to/from TIA, we have no such plan for the future.

In Taiwan, TIA received waves of negative news report and criticisms by the media. What is TIA’s view on this
Taiwanese media are known for sensationalizing news report, so all kinds of criticism by news media, commentators, and internet users (in Taiwan) are within our expectations. We do acknowledge some scandals and major issues regarding TIA, to be honest, they are not new, because were no decisive action in the past to solve (the issues) and investigate (the scandals). Now that we are taking actions against these, it is quite easy for them to be reported within short time frame.

In the past 10 years (up to 2008/09), TIA saw decline in annual passenger numbers. What difference will it make after TIA become a corporation management?
In the past 10 years the Government did not put enough attention in the aviation sector. This sector didn’t receive enough resource to sustain growth.

Also there wasn’t much relationship between the airport and airlines. Voices from the airlines were mostly unheard, and they weren’t consulted when it comes to policy making/changes by the airport authority. As TIA became a corporate management, we begin to maintain mutual relationship. We want airline’s input for the new terminal and future planning, and we will let them know what we plan to do as well.

What are the priorities of future route development?
Our current main priority is focus on traffic to China, and we are confident that TIA has the potential to replace Hong Kong as the major transfer hub to China. Although current cap for weekly flights between Taiwan and China is 500 weekly round-trips, but we are hopeful that this will increase. (Note based on Dec 2011 schedule as of 24OCT11, there are 787 weekly flights between Hong Kong and China, 348 between TIA and China. There are 36 routes out of TIA).

Besides China, we are also looking at new service to Europe and Middle East, including service resumptions

Taiwanese Aviation Enthusiasts are hoping the return of foreign carriers that abandoned Taiwan in the last decade, as well as new carriers serving Taiwan. However, based on those that left Taiwan market towards the end of 1990s, they claim operational costs at Taiwan is too high.
Based on our knowledge, high operational cost at that time includes setting up a separate company for Taiwan operation. Average air fares paid were also a major issue to them.

The Government in the past decade did not put enough resources in the aviation sector, which there were not enough effort made to spread our names out. In mid-2000s we changed our name from “Taipei Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport” to “Taipei Taoyuan International Airport”. This name change created confusions that some high profile carriers thought we’re different airport, not the same airport. Overall political instability was also a reason contributed to lack of interest in Taiwan market.

The reason why we are at World Routes is to promote ourselves, spread the awareness of our brand and infrastructure upgrades. Through the meetings with airline delegates, we hope that airlines will re-discover and have better understanding of TIA. With Taiwan’s geographic location and brand new infrastructure and resources being invested for the future, we hope the carriers that left Taiwan market in the past will make a return; existing carriers adding new flights/routes; new carriers starting new service to TIA.

Sung Shan Airport in Downtown Taipei re-opened scheduled International traffic in the 4th Quarter of 2010. How has this affected TIA and what is the future prospect?
In short-term we did recorded decline in terms of passenger numbers after Sung Shan reopens to International traffic. We have lost nearly 50% of flights to Tokyo as carriers moved from TIA to Sung Shan. Additional impact is expected once traffic from Sung Shan to Seoul Gimpo is launched, as well as additional flights to China.

However in the long-term, we believe we will regain the advantage, in particular with the operation of MRT. For Sung Shan Airport, their ability to expand is limited. Once they reached their capacity limit, airlines will be forced to move their operation back to us because we have the room to grow. 1-stop MRT service between Downtown Taipei and TIA is only 28 minutes, which is roughly the same to Sung Shan Airport from most part of Taipei City (as well as neighboring New Taipei City)

What is TIA’s view on the on-going debate on the existence of Sung Shan Airport
From our views, we hope Sung Shan Airport can be demolished. However we don’t have the rights to decide nor have a say about it.

What is TIA’s view on local Taiwanese Airports asking for International flights?
We understands everyone hopes for convenience for air travel, thus politicians trying to gain votes will always ask the status of their local airport upgrade to International. For the next 2-3 years, having flights to China (including International) out of other cities in Taiwan is a temporary relief for us as we are upgrading our infrastructures.

Taiwan’s Presidential Election (Jan 2012) is happening in less than 3 months. If the current opposition party DPP returns to power, subsequently leads to relation change between Taiwan and China, is TIA expecting any worse case scenario such as possibility of halting traffic between the two sides?
We haven’t thought about this to be honest. Again we don’t really have a say on the policy and the decision making. We think halting entire traffic is impossible, thus we don’t think it is likely to happen. We are likely incline to think that slow-down on the growth is likely if the worst happens.

Thank you for taking the time for the interview.

The (original) Chinese version has been posted on the Taiwanese Aviation Message Board “Jade Air”. Link can be found here
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Bird strikes posing increased risk to air flight safety
GOING TO THE BIRDS:Construction work at Taoyuan airport and a pond at a nearby military airport provide a quality habitat for birds to breed
Staff writer, with CNA

More than 150 bird strikes — collisions between birds and airplanes — at civilian or military airports were recorded last year, and the number of cases involving birds of prey has increased, an aviation safety group said yesterday.

Statistics compiled by the Flight Safety Foundation--Taiwan show that there were 159 bird strikes last year, 18 incidents more than in 2010, and the highest number in four years, during which period more than 100 cases were reported annually.

A total of 28 of the 159 bird strikes caused damage to the planes, the foundation said.

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport recorded the highest number of bird strikes each year, with 64 incidents last year, the foundation said.

The number of cases involving birds of prey is increasing, the foundation said, adding that airport authorities in Taoyuan have reported planes being hit by nighthawks, ospreys, serpent eagles and Asian crested goshawks, for a number of years.

Taoyuan airport is close to a military airport that has a pond within its area, the foundation said, adding that the pond and construction work at Taoyuan airport provided a perfect habitat for birds to breed.

Problems occur at night when the birds are attracted by the bright lights of the neighboring international airport.

Taichung Airport is near farmland and also attracts a lot of birds, the foundation said.

Over the past two years, the black-winged kite has become a potential threat to air traffic at the airport.

Taipei International Airport in the city’s Songshan District (松山) is a small airport and is not as ideal as other airports in terms of bird habitat, but migrant doves have become a worry for planes’ safety. The foundation attributed the growing number of bird strikes to over---development, which has resulted in the destruction and disappearance of birds’ natural habitats.
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The one stop MRT service to Taipei is appealing to travellers - I wonder how much they will charge for this long distance ride. Most people rely on coach service and bus at the moment.
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starting to look nice. too bad terminal 2 can't be wrecked and rebuilt. it is, architecturally speaking, a temple to taiwanese vanity. hundreds of acres of wall-to-wall polished granite lined by polished chrome baseboards. what a tremendous waste of money. in comparison terminal 2 is a much needed improvement.
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I am not satisfied for what government did in communication with design team, without proper informing and communication for changing design. They bring this bad habit to an architect who has great international status which just show the social status of architecture is so poor in Taiwan. Much more poorer than western communities. Architects are supposed that they cannot refuse what client or engineer say about design.

And this renovation is only starting point for entire airport renewal. The government will spend another 200-300 billion dollars to expand airport, including new runway, new terminal, commercial buildings...etc.
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who was the architect for terminal 2? the apparent sway of the government over design matters long after bidding is complete suggests the corrupt way of doing business continues and taiwan's still has a long way to go until it catches up to the other asian tigers, much less the west, in terms of transparency.

taiwan is wealthy by virtue of cheap and exploitative labor (contract manufacturing). its economy may have a relatively high per capita gdp, but still it is not a knowledge-based economy in which values brand equity and marketing the way south korea's is, and taiwan's economy is still run by unenlightened individuals. one can easily see this in the amateurish way business is conducted there. arbitrary regard for contracts, disregard for legal process, and cronyism are the norm there, as evinced by how this airport remodel was conducted.
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It is normal for designers to find that client take over your design with his/her reason or interest in this world, for example recent controversy of 1 World Trade Centre. Taiwan is even worse as it is engineering (produce and manufacture) countries. I can see some discussion about this terminal 1 renovation controversy. Don’t be surprise some statement state that architects should know this issue, they should know what is happen to building structure. Yes, they blame architects first.
The controversy come from the beams head over the wall in the photo. These beams are part of ceiling structure of ground floor. They are pretressed beam which metal frame inside each beam has anchor connects to two ends with columns or pillars and use tension strength to support beams, keep it not falling. The issue is there is structural risk that it might be falling down. These beams have issue with construction and maintenance which cause building decay. If they cut these canopies (which part of these beams in one side), which may cause these beams lose their strength by anchor lose its connection to pillars.
The issue raise when government authority changed the design detail without informed design team leaded by Norihiko Dan while they were conducting structure testing for cutting these canopies. It was agreed by authority in that time.








The way what South Korea build their giant companies is national economy that government monitor and fully support large companies by giving subsidy for all aspects of manufacture and political benefits for particular giant companies. It helps big companies build up their own monopoly power in both domestic and international. So we can see giant companies like Samsung and LG…etc. More important thing is it is easier to develop brand power under this type of economy. Taiwan cannot do the same thing with its circumstance and political and social atmosphere. I cannot see same thing happen in Taiwan.

However, to be honest, both Taiwan and South Korea have more important thing to cover, both countries have ridiculous low birth rate. No matter how well this economy is now, if both countries cannot solve this problem, both countries are going to doom in the future. People should be looking at these things. Taiwan government is changing education system for 2nd times in these ten years. Labours are fighting to changing payment and working condition and law makers start to discuss monitoring labour and working regulation. These two changing polices in some sense will change the change how Taiwanese do their business and determine the way Taiwan will go. These changing may also give a line of light for improve architecture status in Taiwan.

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