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Infrastructing the peri-urban: the tensions of embankment landscape of Shezidao, Taipei

Authors: Shuo Hsu*, National Taiwan University
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Development, Asia
Keywords: infrastructure, landscape, green infrastructure, peri-urban development, Taipei
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 11:50 AM / 1:05 PM
Room: Virtual Track 2
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Infrastructures were used to seem as invisible system that only become visible when accident occurs. Although the common view has been challenged in recent years, the perception aspect of infrastructure is still worth exploring. In my paper, I combine infrastructure studies with landscape theories to investigate how the flood control infrastructures of Shezidao(社子島) change the area`s human-environment relations, shape the social context, and produce its meanings through representation and practice. Shezidao is located in the intersection of the two main rivers of Taipei metropolis, Taiwan. Due to the flood control plan and the development of the metropolis, Shezidao transformed from a sandbank into a peri-urban area that inhabited more than ten thousand people. As the most important flood control infrastructure, the embankment inextricably linked with the development of Shezidao: were it not for the embankment, the area may still being a floating sandbank, however, the relatively weaker protect strength constrain its urbanization process and give the inhabitants a sense of deprivation. On the other hand, embankment greening, constructed wetland building and other new greening practices under cooperation between local community groups, municipal government and consultant firms give the infrastructure different meanings, and reflect the multiple and dynamic tensions of Shezidao.

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