Originally Posted by Razqal
well you dont know the whole story either, william. maybe taiwanese architects dont bother coming up with better solutions and designs and dont argue back with clients but just accepted it because they just want to earn quick money too. look at antonie predock - just walked away from project after arguing with client because client was cheap and didnt want to spend more money. he stood up for his principles instead of being forced to compromise on his beautiful design for national palace museum chiayi branch and possibly make it really ugly. same with norihiko dan who just had a publicised dispute with the taoyuan airport authorities: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiw.../07/2003479793
maybe if more taiwanese architects stepped up to the plate and stood up for their designs and principles, then more clients would listen and accept advice. and taiwan would have better quality of architecture.
Yes, I do not know the whole story. The thing you said, I have said to other people before.
I think the problem will be if Taiwanese architects go to ask and aruge with client,it is more likely they will be fired. And client just go find another architects.
The case you are talking about, it does not work for most Taiwanese architects. Don is a great international architect, he has ability to go and turn this thing into international level. Personally, I am glad that someone come out and force client (government) change their attitude. However, it will not change a lot which they have done for Taiwanese architects so many years. In fact for whole world, it is always a big conflict between Architect, client and contractors.
So back to basic, if someone want to change it, it has to go through education and community studies, to improve what people think about aesthectic and change the ideas of the building development. More important is people need to learn to accept designer. However, it does not mean Taiwan need to take everything from western world. We take which are appropriate and good to us, for example client should choose acception to the designers is a good one to learn.
For the site itself I believe, the statutory regulations will be help this issue you are talking about. Low building coverage ratio can force developers provide open space and width pedestrain in their project plan. For this project, I remeber it is about 70%.