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About Us

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Introduction

Initiation

The integrated program of architecture and landscape aims at producing a balanced academic scheme with a sustainable future in students' mind, thus creating an interactive atmosphere for building activities and nvironmental art.

Concept
The department's programs emphasize the idea of learning-by-acting. Academic courses are created by experienced professionals and knowledgeable scholars, who will lead students to participate in state-of-art design process of architecture and landscape design.

 

Goals 

The main purpose of the department is to build a solid foundation on the training of architecture and landscape design. To implant an inspiring character into the department, three essential goals are set:

 

1. Upgrading the craftsmanship
Human beings are enchanted by profound architectural heritage such as Egyptian pyramids, Greek temples and Gothic cathedrals. Locally, people also admire traditional buildings such as Taiwan's temples and local farm houses. These global and regional masterpieces possess sophisticated building techniques and design planning, which might be defined as the craftsmanship in contrast to mass production engendered by the industrial revolution.Futhermore, the department not only recalls the craftsmanship of building techniques, but also cultivate our mind and heart which does not ally with mass production and consumption.

 

2. Upholding the Genius Loci
Local characters and regional merits are among the most precious treasure of the building environment. Our society tends to rapidly copy Western styles without looking into the essence of our own culture. The popular "international style" often emphasizes on practical function with a lack of various layers of history and tradition. To achieve a livable and lovable community, we not only need to pay attention to practical function, but also the indigenous tempo, cultural value, and vibrant landscape. Understanding local characters and regional resources is the better way to revitalize our community. By systematically introducing the elements of time, space and memory, the department tries to lead students to catch the sensation of our local culture and improve our indigenous community.

 

3. Understanding the ecological system
In the 21st century, the issue of sustainable development seems to redefine every related profession. In order to approach the ultimate goal of sustainable development, the studying and practicing of architecture and landscape design should cooperate with the understanding of the local ecological system. Therefore, we should:

 

(a) look into the development of "ecological city". By combining sustainable urban development concept with various land use activities, we might reach to reasonable relationship among urban life, agriculture, industry and natural environment.

 

(b) redevelop urban and rural areas while enforcing balanced development between community life and agriculture production.

 

(c) change the situation of urban development and search for economic opportunities while sustaining environmental ecology.


With the combination of landscape and architecture, the department unfolds a new vision of environmental education. On the other hand ,the students can learn fundamental knowledge, obtain professional capability and gain qualification of taking professional exams.

 

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Development

 

 

Undergraduate Program

Our department integrates disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture to meet the challenge of the 21th century, which could be considered as a era of environmental awareness and holistic design. In addition, our programs concern on the building of civil society, people’ daily-life, and overall welfare of the community. It is desired, this path of learning can create not only a good education milieu for future architects and landscape architects, but also thoughtful activists for the improvement of our environments and communities. 
 

Master’s Program

Our Master’s Program aims at the development of a new set of education goals for architecture and landscape architecture designers. We hope that our graduate students can provide our society with both advanced global vision and meaningful local practices. Moreover, our graduate students will have the opportunity to participate in various inter-discipline exhibitions, studios and community-related humanitarian practices. In short , promoting local community renaissance and improving overall environments are the core-learning of our program.

 

 

 

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