Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Agriculture (MAgr)



First Advisor

Ben Pell

Second Advisor

Lauren Bordes


The interaction between architecture surfaces and urban environment is being more active, this transient boundary demarcates the inner core and external diverse environments to provide a different experience for human. The uncertainties in attitudes that have existed over time to the interior and exterior conditions, thus, the spatial tension between these 2 surfaces naturally form into several void spaces. As I observed that through individual action, ideas, and criticality, urban voids have become catalysts for social interaction and creative experiments. Re-appropriation of vacant sites by means of inhabitation or (new) subtle ecologies to emerge in the Taipei urban area. Residents utilize void spaces as shared urban spaces either vertically or horizontally. The buildings act to amplify the instability of the site condition through the rattling of metal and level of enclosure. Studying into the interaction between the occupants of the existing buildings, the occupants of the alleyway and the presence of the alley in Taipei’s Wanhua District. These fragilities of spatial condition are a delicate balance between permanence and temporality, which through am inherent instability amplifies the connection between space and occupant. The nature of spatial tension in the alleyway of Taipei to establish common behaviors and develop an understanding of the fragility of these spaces. Thus, void spaces are platforms and incubators that speak for the ideas they hold: allowing diversity and asking for engagement. One aspect of the current discourse on void spaces is concerned with the temporary use of abandoned places. Urban void spaces have somehow become synonymous with the idea of informal appropriation as a widely applied strategy in reclaiming unused land, and, increasingly, as a new approach for community-driven urban redevelopment. Thus, introducing public programs into unused void space is a way to shift an age of acceleration and their relation to public realm.

Included in

Architecture Commons



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