Tradition as a Dialectical Action: Non-Traditional Narratives in Taiwanese Architecture from Post-War to Contemporary Times


The Formation and Critique of "Draughtsman": Self-Imagination and Self-Identity of Post-World War II Taiwan Architects







Architecture as a professional technique and as a professional construction behavior have quite different development path throughout human history. Construction is an innate survival "technique" of mankind. Thus, as human civilization develops, construction has to evolve according to actual real-life demands. But as real-life demand grows complex and touches the metaphysics of atheistic and value judgement, construction is no longer merely a construction behavior or techniques that provide shelter for mankind. Paradoxically, the professional identity of architects is in fact not the main driving forces behind the evolution of architecture. Seen from the perspective of development, it is rather retrospective and passive.

This article uses the development of Taiwan architects' regulation system after the Second World War as the timeline for discussion on how government, by using modernized construction to implement the architects' regulation system, evaded the clashes between "new" architecture and "traditional" construction culture. This evasion of the clashes have caused the general public's failure to understand the professional content of architecture, and caused the authority's regulation system became meaningless. Before "new" architecture and "traditional" constructions can figure out their boundaries through organic interaction and transformation, traditional construction was substituted under the name of Modernization. In comparison with professional regulation system. This article uses the discourse of media (mainly paper) in the post-World War II era as references to clearly show that, facing the everchanging architecture, architects chase it in a retrospective posture instead of pushing it in a professional way. Thus, creating the gap between media discourse idealism and the reality of professional regulation system.


architects' regulation system, lineage, modernization