Environmental management and urban planning: the challenge of restoring Taiwan's famous Lin House with minimal effect of the surrounding community

Lin, Wen-Chen, Yang, Long-Sher, Lin, Jin-Chen and Kang, Chung-Shin (2005) Environmental management and urban planning: the challenge of restoring Taiwan's famous Lin House with minimal effect of the surrounding community. In: 15th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Monuments and sites in their setting - conserving cultural heritage in changing townscapes and landscapes’, 17 – 21 oct 2005, Xi'an, China. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

The Lin house in Wu-feng, a class II historical relic in central Taiwan, has been widely recognized as one of the country’s foremost examples of group architecture. The Lin house in Wu-feng (located at 1. Gong-Bao-Di. 2. Jing-Xun-Lou. 3. Rong-Jing-Zhai. 4. Da-Hua-Ting. 5.Er-Fan-Chou. 6. Xin-Chou. 7. Cao-Chou. 8. Yi-Pu. 9. 28-Jian. 10. auxiliary space.) was seriously damaged by the 7.3 Richter scale earthquake that struck Taiwan on Sept. 21th 1999. In accord with Taiwan’s laws concerning publicly funded restorations, a private cultural heritage can be rehabilitated with government assistance so long as public access is provided thereafter. Such a project can pose a problem, however, for the surrounding residential and commercial community. Every effort must be taken to ensure that visitors do not disturb the tranquility and convenience of normal community life. Careful planning must be given not only to the restoration itself, but to logistical details such as parking, noise control, and the route visitors will take in accessing the Lin House. Restoring the Lin House is a vital conservation priority, but its sensitive location also raises complex questions of community relations. Our task, at the crossroads of cultural restoration and urban planning, is to balance these concerns to the benefit of both. In short, the objectives of historical preservation must be wedded to those of urban planning, so as to create a win-win situation in terms of both conservation and community.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Lin, Wen-Chen
Yang, Long-Sher
Lin, Jin-Chen
Kang, Chung-Shin
Languages: English
Keywords: historic monument; restoration; town planning; re-use; environmental management; setting; urban landscape; urban design
Subjects: D. URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Lin House, Taiwan
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2010 12:29
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:15
References: 1. Reuse plan for the Lin House in Wu-Feng, a class II historical relic in Taiwan.

2. Authors: Wen-Chen Lin, Long-Sher Yang, Mei-Rong Lai, Zao-Shi Ho, etc. (unpublished)

3. Websites of photos retrieved from the Internet July, 28, 2005.
URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/406

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