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Old House Cultural Movement Plan Brings Old Houses New Life

Origin of the Old House Cultural Movement Plan

To reinforcing the preservation and reusing rate of the old houses in Taipei and accelerating the repair efficiency of those old ones, Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government promotes the “Old House Cultural Movement Plan” from this year.  The plan is going to release disused old buildings throughout Taipei in different time-frames.  In order to provide demonstration spaces for arts groups and cultural and creative workers to display their pieces and works, Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government cooperates with the owners of the old buildings and raises funds from the non-governmental management groups to repair the old houses, making Taipei City a brand new cultural image.

The plan is implemented by the same team from repair to management, which would maintain the integrity of every building. In addition, Taipei City Government affords abatement for partly fees according to the investment rate and extent of repair of the building to attract tenderers to participate in the plan. Through the implementation of this plan, it not only preserves the memories of the old buildings in Taipei City, but also creates more cultural and creative stories that making the Taipei City become a city full of creativity and reappear its glory.

Execution Efficiency

The “Old House Cultural Movement Plan” is executed by Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government, which the primary effects have come out during the first year efforts.  There are fourteen old buildings with heritage identity already has new management teams, including eight buildings is now under construction and four of them are estimated to be finished construction and open at the end of 2014.  This will become the first practical case of cultural heritage preservation in Taiwan.

The fourteen target building after renovating will drive the development of cultural and creative industries of Taipei City such as movie theatres, bookstores, music halls, operas, restaurants, bicycles and metal art crafts.  This plan could not only supply the demonstration space for those cultural and creative groups, but also would ameliorate the appearance of the city and beautifying the landscape.

Link of the “Old House Cultural Movement Plan”:
http://oldhouse.taipei/zh-tw (in Chinese)