6 social design projects in Taipei set to deal with social issues

WDC Taipei 2016 seeks to promote deeper engagement between designers, organizations, and enterprises in Taipei City and the international community.

Taiwan News
Date: 2016-03-07
By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer

World Design Capital® (WDC) Taipei 2016’s Open Call initiative will see 6739775innovative international organizations and groups like CONTINUUM (USA, Italy, Korea, and China), the United Nations University (Germany), and the British Council join forces with Taiwan-based counterparts.

Together, the Open Call teams will bring a multitude of carefully researched social design interventions to Taipei residents during the WDC Taipei year – from playgrounds built of junk to inner city recycling vending machines, traditional food re-design to experimental lunch schemes.

Alice Wang Design (Taiwan) and British Council Taiwan join forces to create healthy redesigns of local food, including an installation by London-based food design studio, Bompas & Parr, and CONTINUUM and IxDA Taiwan collaborate to bring local farmers, “empty nesters,” and Taipei’s young workers together in an experimental public lunch scheme.

Working with nearby residents, AGUA (Taiwan) and Basurama (Spain) will transform two sites at a historic Taipei City military facility turned public park into playgrounds made of found materials. To innovate Taipei’s existing recycling practices, a Reverse Vending Machine by REnato Lab (Taiwan) and United Nations University (Germany) will recycle or repair broken household items donated by the public.

Local social innovation organization, 5% Design Action, champions an international project that reinvents current strategies for aged care in Taiwan, and the Chinese Institute of Urban Design (Taiwan) are behind Citizen of Tomorrow–a public mouthpiece initiative that aims to give Taipei residents a voice in city planning.     [FULL  STORY]

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