Finding a new paradise in the Hakka town


Xin Wa Wu village

The seminars and work camp for conservation and redevelopment of the local cultural and living environment

  What should we do with all these houses in Xinwawu? Facing the original residents and new settlers, what kind of future can we promise them? We had thought these questions over and again in the past year but hadn’t been able to come to any tangible conclusion. We did not understand Xinwawu well enough, our thoughts were unclear, too many problems needed resolving, and there were too many aspects to consider.

  What possibilities were there for Xinwawu to attract more participation and better understandings to create different angles of interest and perspectives? As a consequence, we requested the Department of Architecture of Chung Yuan Christian University to organize and conduct the seminars and work camp for conservation and redevelopment of the local cultural and living environment.

  The work camp was officially inaugurated on Aug. 26 2005. The 58 students were in Xinwawu for the first time. Excitement and uneasiness showed on the innocent faces but bright eyes glittered. Night fell. Lights went out. Xinwawu was going to have a brighter tomorrow.

During the eight days of the work camp, instructors and students toured around Liujia to get to know the place. When Typhoon Talim swept across Taiwan, they experienced the power of Hsinchu wind. Everybody brainstormed for new ideas for the rebirth of Xinwawu Settlement. The participation from the original inhabitants was above all worthy of applauses. It helped the preparatory office understand better the expectations of people living in the surrounding area. All the suggestions were integrated to be references for overall planning and design.