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Taipei Design and City Exhibition 2017: On Equality

Taipei Design and City Exhibition 2017, held by Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government with the theme of On Equality is pertinent to citizens’ thoughts, that is, everyone is deemed as a crucial element of building a city; not a single one can be omitted. There are six main and specially-designed subjects that are closely related to citizens, including park, community, landscape, education, data and sustainability in the exhibition; there are 27 domestic and foreign cases in total, which systematically introduces how cooperation among public sector, private sector and the third sector reach a balance. Upholding the principle of DESIGN FOR ONE, DESIGN FOR ALL makes the essence of design go back to the original intention, which is human equality.
Modern development has brought prosperity and progress to a city. The degree of happiness varies from person to person; however, bringing happiness for each citizen is the goal of Taipei City to become a livable city. Can we eliminate the gap by the intervention of the design? It is the unavoidable lesson that existing and potential risks should be evaluated and managed when in the situation where a city pursues limitless development while resources are limited. Therefore, contemplating through design, pondering over and redefining the problem and relying on new technology to solve the problem have become a reliable tool for a contemporary city governor. The current Taipei Design and City Exhibition has attempted to reverse the usual pattern of designing an exhibition by setting On Equality as the theme of the exhibition, expecting citizens to use dialectical thinking while enjoying the exhibition.
The content of the exhibition not only involves the city government’s design ideas in the past and present and the process of participatory design, which was introduced by the city government, but also introduces corresponding civil and international cases to provoke participants’ positive discussion and thinking through diverse perspectives from the government, civil and international.