Hsieh Ying-chun

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Bug Dome by WEAK! in Shenzhen, 2009.
Hsieh in Shenzhen & Hong-Kong Bi-City Biennale or Architecture and Urbanism in 2009.

Hsieh Ying-chun (謝英俊), (born 1954 in Taichung County (now part of Taichung City, Taiwan)) is a Taiwanese architect and contractor.

In his socially engaged work Hsieh has been helping people rebuild their homes ever since the devastating earthquake in Taiwan 1999, when his reconstruction project for the Thao Tribe gained him international recognition. Hsieh organized the reconstruction of housing and communities in disaster-struck areas and charged with two challenges: to build houses within an extremely tight budget (25%-50% of the market price) and to base the projects on the notion of sustainable construction, green building, cultural preservation and creation of local employment opportunities. Hsieh has played a key role in rebuilding communities for Taiwan's tribal communities.[1]

In more recent years, Hsieh has continued to help people build their own houses, from the remote villages of China to the sufferers of the South East Asian Tsunami.[2]

When we face the future challenge of environmental crisis, a one-dimensional technical thought process is inadequate; the considerations must be broadened to cultural, economical, and environmental levels. [3]

Hsieh represented Taiwan in the Venice Architecture Biennale 2006[4] and Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art 2009.[5] Hsieh is WEAK! together with Roan Ching-yueh and Marco Casagrande.[6] The WEAK! operates an independent architectural research centre Ruin Academy as their headquarters in Taipei.[7]

The Curry Stone Design Prize 2011 was awarded to Hsieh Ying-Chun to champion the designer as a force of social change building more than 3.000 homes with local people in natural disaster zones in Taiwan and Mainland China.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] - Living Steel: Sustainable Development in Practice 2006
  2. ^ [2] - Roan Ching-yue: Social engagement challenges modern architecture June 30, 2007
  3. ^ [3] - Chunte Lin: Realizing Sustainable Construction; Dilaogue May 2005
  4. ^ [4] - Susan Kendzulak
    Local architects build a reputation at Venice Biennale; Taipei Times September 28, 2006
  5. ^ [5] - Universes in Universe: Hsieh Ying-chun 2009
  6. ^ [6] - Natasha Lyons: Bug Dome by WEAK!; Dezeen December 2009
  7. ^ Illegal Architecture in Taipei - Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, Architizer 2011
  8. ^ 2011 Curry Stone Design Grand Prize Winner Announced Sustainable Architecture in Post-Disaster Areas - Curry Stone Design Prize 2011

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