Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Taiwan Latoya Kamdang on Gentrification: Context & Spatial Impacts of Urban Settlements & Indigenous Architecture

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Hong Kong Baptist University’s Department of Geography and National Taiwan University Graduate Institute of Building & Planning are both interested in issues of gentrification although Hong Kong and Taipei are quite different in urban planning history.

I presented my research that investigates the cultural implications of marginalized cultures in Taiwan. Treasure Hill & Toad Mountain in Taipei exemplify a critical footprint in the spatial history of Taiwan. They also illustrate what can happen when communities organize to prevent forced removal. Indigenous Architecture reflects ideas of sustainable living through use of local materials and building techniques that provide inherent protection from natural disasters.

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Latoya Kamdang (1)

Latoya Kamdang (3)

Rukai & Tao tribes have largely preserved architecture because of their remote locations and durable building techniques. It is critical to continue to seek ways to reduce building impacts on the natural environment and maintain spatial ideas that inform future growth of neighborhoods and cities. This is important because maintaining spatial similarities and historical footprints of cities creates diverse and culturally relevant spaces.  Through conversations, seminars and urban walking tours, we were able to explore the similarities and differences among the two cities.

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