2016 International Symposium on Government-Led Urban Regeneration and Public Rental Housing
On August 3, 2016 Taipei City Government hosted “2016 International Symposium on Government-Led Urban Regeneration and public rental housing” at Regent Taipei. The Taipei City Government invited President of SH Corporation Chang-Heum Byeon and Architect of Surbana Jurong Private Limited., Wen-He Liang to share their experience in promoting and implement public rental housing policy. During the forum, Taipei City Government officials (Deputy Mayor Lin Chin-Rong, Urban Department Commissioner Lin Chou-Ming, and Urban Regeneration Office Director Fang Ding-An) repeatedly emphasize about cities facing challenges about livability and social justice. Deputy Mayor Lin believed the government should reach into communities that lack market opportunity for urban renewal, improve old urban neighborhoods through (government-led) urban regeneration while reviewing the master plan on emerging regions. Furthermore, the newly formed Housing Policy will influence urban development in the long-term. Commissioner Lin emphasized it is important to control the spatial scale and the building quality while making plans. Director Fan discussed the supporting programs of urban regeneration to help implement Taipei City Government’s public rental housing policy. President Chang-Heum Byeon shared about Seoul’s public housing policy and explained the financial management structure. Seoul Metropolitan Government prioritized housing to solve social problems created by economic depression and the rise of housing prices. They customize each public housing that fit the local characteristic in different neighborhoods, while provide a variety of different housing options for different renters. Architect Wen-He Liang shared about Surbana Jurong Private Limited., cooperation with Singapore Government to fulfill the government’s housing vision. Like Seoul, Korea, Singapore built public rental housing to solve the urgent housing demand post-world war Ⅱ. Furthermore, the Singapore government continuously upgrades the public rental housing to fulfill the new standards that define adequate living environment. Furthermore, the Singapore Government continues to build new housing type that concur with the current and projected social trends, such as the increase in elder population. Architect Liang also share the sustainable programs and facilaties that were implemented in those public rental housing. Overall, the viewers saw a complete evolution of Singapore’s public housing program. During the forum exchange section, most of the discussion focused on finance aspect of public housing. On financial aspect, the central government announced the new loan program to supply funding for local government that invests into public housing. On policy aspect, industry leaders suggested that Taipei could take Seoul and Singapore’s experience for reference to deregulate and ease the floor area ratio preference (except law aerospace height limit) and reduce due process duration on urban regeneration. At the end of the forum, Deputy Mayor Lin pledged that Taipei City Government will keep promoting government-led urban regeneration and public housing. Furthermore, Deputy Mayor Lin vowed to continue amend laws that can help accelerate the urban regeneration process. For more information about the symposium, please contact Mr. Tseng of URO Planning Section (2781-5696#3072) or Miss. Lee of Institute for Physical Planning& Information (2367-2179#3104).
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