Column 2nd The Value of Everyday Architecture
In the everyday life of Taiwanese people, the experience of “architecture” is deeply planted in everyone’s heart. Everyday architecture that emerges to meet people’s needs and desires in life has created Taiwan’s urban landscape. It is closely linked to people’s life and social network, and embodies powerful autonomous consciousness and diverse and congested collective consciousness. These everyday architectures that live among and coexist with people come from collective power and wisdom. Using lightweight, simple, quick, and common local materials and recycled materials, the buildings manifest the corresponding relation between Taiwanese everyday life and local environment. The value of everyday architecture lies in the tectonic actions resulted from everyone’s real needs. These buildings are the actual actions taken by the people to create better living environment and spaces. Also, they provide a wonderful “remaking” platform that permeates everyday life. The contemporary role of architects should place more emphasis on people’s daily life, and find inspiration in it. This is an inevitable trend and issue all contemporary architects shall face. Listen to the commoners’ tectonic experiences and stories of the 98% of Taiwan’s architectures at this year’s biennale, and learn from which the actions taken by Taiwanese people for a more ideal living space under the various circumstances they face. By inviting various practitioners from the society to partake in this exhibition, and share the principles behind their actions, this exhibition allows more people to see the minor local changes these individuals have brought to Taiwan. As an observation, discourse, and reinterpretation on Taiwan’s contemporary architecture, this exhibition aims to discover the value of everyday architecture through the eyes of all people. The images collected through the open call for submissions reveal the true images of Taiwan’s everyday tectonic. They form a large database for the exhibition, allowing people from all over the world to see Taiwan’s everyday architectural landscapes. Through the format of postcard, these Taiwanese everyday architectures are taken across the world to the Venice Biennale, sending the principle of the exhibition to all corners of the world.