The Taipei Tech University Social Responsibility (USR) Office has been implementing a program that helps promote eco-friendly local produce. Chih-Hong Huang, Dean of the College of Design of Taipei Tech , noted that “The Indigenous Peoples Humanitarian Architecture and Agroecological Innovations Development Program is now in its second phase. After establishing an eco-friendly agricultural brand in 2018, ATAYAL Jian-Shi Agriculture, we push this program further to building a farmers’ market in between the mountains.” This program echoes the UN Sustainable Development Goals such as “No poverty”, “Zero hunger”, “Good health and well-being”, “Sustainable cities and communities” and “Responsible consumption and production”.
Uraw Observatory is located in Jianshi Township, Hsinchu, with magnificent natural landscape, and it is also the center for local farmers to gather and sell their fresh produce. Dr. Lo Chia-En from the Quri Indigenous Community mentioned that he is very excited to collaborate with Taipei Tech on constructing this farmers’ market. “This farmers’ market shack will not only be a new designated site for local farmers to sell their eco-friendly produce,” said Lo, “It will also be the place where people can share their stories and local culture with the tourists who visit the Uraw Observatory.”
The design concept of the farmers’ market shack is based on the motif of the mountain. The outer layered of the shack consisted of shredded woods. The seeds planted in between the woods will naturally germinate and grow with time, giving the shack an organic appearance.
Nevertheless, it has never been easy to build something from the scratch, let alone a farmers’ market shack in between the mountains. The farmers market project was conducted by Prof. Wu Nan-Wei from the Architecture Department of Taipei Tech and instructed by Lee Kuo-Hsuan from the Woody Plants Design Limited Company. The students who participated in the project started their planning process six months ago. They had gone through many discussions, measurements, proposals, re-modification, and they had to finish their internship at the woodworking factory first before they built the farmers’ market shack.
Chen Jing-Yu, a student from the Architecture Department, noted that there are many challenges when implementing the project. “It took 3 hours to commute from our university to the Uraw Observatory,” said Chen, “The weather and temperature change drastically within a day in the mountains which can easily affect our work, but it is truly a rare and precious experience working alongside such beautiful scenery and be so close to nature”.
Video link to the introductory film of ATAYAL Jian-Shi Agriculture Farmers’ Market: https://youtu.be/eLOusC-ZiMU