Delegates began their day at the palace museum. From rustic ancient bronze pots to ornately adorned snuff bottles inspired by European design, each exhibition traced an invisible line of history of the various influential cultures on Taiwan.
As the discussions about the favorite pieces on display came to a close, the delegates conversed over how the pieces of art found their way into Taiwan. It is at that moment that the delegates realized, underlying the mass amount art was the history between Taiwan and China that remains contemporary.
Songshang Culture and Creative Park represented the refreshing, innovative leader that Taiwan aspired to be. The delegates learned that the area was once a tobacco factory ran by Japan during imperial times. The building pieced together architectural design from both Europe and Japan.
The original design of the factory united form and function. Considering the conditions of the workers, simple solutions were integrated into the design, such as wide windows to maximize natural lighting, large doors to maintain air ventilation, bathhouses to provides a relaxation center for the long days after work and a daycare area to nurture the workers’ children.
Old warehouses now serve as performance halls that showcase music concerts, seminars, and exhibitions. The creative solutions displayed the importance of idea exchange and communication between professions and culture.