David Tseng gave a lecture about the commercial development that Taipei city had because of the Japanese, Chinese, American and actual Government. His arguments were based on the Three Line or Haggler’s Row.

The history of Taipei is related in “A Tale of Seven Cities’, but since 1895 the city has  had a new layer every fifteen years. In 1895 the Japanese occupation turned down the city wall and gate. This huge space was used to built rails roads. In 1935 the Taipei World’s Fair was used not only to exhibit the new industry but also to promote it in the city. That is the reason why the Train Depot (the site for the studio  design) was built.


In 1945 the city was bombed by the USA, and after that the reconstruction of the city started. The Three Line Row is the consequence of the need of housing and shopping areas. Years later, the city grew, and the commerce recovered again. Many retails spaces were established in the first floor, and restaurants as well.


603 Hagglers Row 1950s Chung Hua Road

Taipei recovered its day life being one of the most famous place to try the best Chinese food. After Chinese and the USA Government in 1985, the area turned down and many Postmodern buildings were built.

Three Line Row

In 1992 the buildings were demolished to recover the space as one of the main circulation avenue.

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Eric Chuang gave a motivation lecture based on many question that one and cities should ask themselves. He used many diagrams and statistics to explain that we should look for other ways to develop cultural institutions, and promote the museum 2.0.

Question like who we are?, where we come from?, what we have learned?… But nowadays we should relation all of them with the globalization. He also talked about how we can share the culture and promote the creativity. Because of that, we need the museum 2.0 where instead of people collecting things, people will use the place to exchange knowledge.




Cities should look for this new typology which means that cities should consider the following issues:

– Transportation

– Convergence

– Education

– Economic Growth

– Globalization

– Consumerism

– Social networking

So, the new museum will be able to teach us about our past to face with the future, but also will be in networks to interact with the rest of us.


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