2009 volume 27(2) pages 317 – 330

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Chen L-W, Shih C-M, 2009, "The public nature of high-rise buildings in Taiwan" Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 27(2) 317 – 330

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The public nature of high-rise buildings in Taiwan

Lin-Wei Chen, Chih-Ming Shih

Received 23 June 2006; in revised form 15 October 2008; published online 23 February 2009

Abstract. The public nature of a high-rise building can be understood in two ways. Visually, it is an expression of architectural imagery. Physically, it is a layout of attached public spaces in which people can interact. Recently, high-rise buildings in Taiwan have grown in terms of their aesthetics as well as their height. With the aid of a survey of the aesthetics and layouts of high-rise buildings in Taiwan, the symbolic representation and public nature of high-rise buildings are examined. In addition, the Taipei 101 International Financial Centre is illustrated to show that high-rise building in Asia is moving away from a focus on construction technology and building style toward concern with architectural imagery and cultural identification which emphasise autonomous cultural representation.

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