Taiwan Project

Taiwan Project

Tainan–Taichung–Taoyuan, Taiwan

Dates tbc

How is Taiwan transforming? How to re-imagine the inhabited territories of Taiwan and sustain its economy? What are the conditions of operation in a politically invisible location? How does architecture interact with its complex material structures and emerging non-state polities?

These are questions that the Taiwan Project addresses by investigating how architectural intelligence can be deployed to transform the territorial structure of Taiwan at a time of deep economic, social, environmental and institutional change. Cities and territories are dynamic systems in evolution, where individual projects and initiatives interact with large scale form-generating processes, shaping a complex set of relations between material structures and human organisations. The contemporary construction of the Taiwanese territory is connected to global cycles of economic development, industrial organisations, international institutions and non-local agents, as well as to the resilient forms of its societies and specific spaces. Taiwan is today undergoing a turnover in its complex history, where transformations in space are promoted both from beneath and from above the state: individuals, corporations, associations, NGOs, international organisations and geopolitical actors are forming a new field of forces that redirects its evolution.

The Taiwan Project researches how architecture interacts with these political and material processes, by combining rigorous spatial analysis and monitoring with radical visions for the future of Taiwan. Combining remote sensing technologies and other design tools, students will work on experimental integrated plans for a cross section of the island of Taiwan. Focusing on the territories that stretch from the Taiwan Strait waters, with the strategic harbors and infrastructures, to the fragile high mountains, students will interact with international and local practitioners and thinkers to reimagine the metropolitan spaces of contemporary Taiwan.


Please email taiwanproject@aaschool.ac.uk if you have any further enquiries. 


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £60 by the online payment system. Fees are non refundable.  

Should you wish to enhance your membership, a Subscribing Membership is available at an additional £70 (£130 in total), full details of which can be found at: https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/MEMBERSHIP/JOIN/becomeamember.php

Fees do not include flights.Students need to bring their own laptops and digital equipment. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.


Programme Directors

John Palmesino
Ann-Sofi Rönnskog
Yi-Jen Chen
Maria Radjenovic

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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