The Grand Green: Taipei’s First URS Project

Urban regeneration has been a hot topic for major cities around the globe, including London, New York, Sydney, and now, Taipei. The Grand Green was officially revealed to the public in August and is Taipei’s first urban regeneration station (URS). The project is also given a unique identification number: URS 27.

The URS concept is driven by the Taipei City Urban Redevelopment Office. It’s an on-going, large scale urban renewal project that plans to renovate old and abandoned buildings into more functional and aesthetic pleasing spaces. Rather than completely knocking over old buildings, the project wishes to preserve some of the historical artifacts and building details.

The Grand Green was originally an abandoned train station of gray debris and an old standalone building covered in graffiti.

Now, it’s an open space park with a stretch of lush green grass and an unobstructed view of Taipei 101. It even offers Wi-Fi through Wifly. The deteriorated building has been revamped by the artist Wu Keng Chen. It’s been transformed to a white building plastered with red cut out butterflies.

The lawn is surrounded by Jen Ta Hsien’s artwork that features shapes and outlines made with welded metal wires. Jen’s artwork stood out the most out of the 331 artists who entered the Taipei Arts Awards in 2006.

There are more urban renewal projects like the Grand Green currently being worked on in Taipei and around other cities in Taiwan too. It would be quite interesting to see how the others turn out. From abandoned spaces, to a usable and creative environment.

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The Grand Green
Address: Corner of Civic Blv. and Linshen St.
MRT: A 3-5 minute walk from Shandao Temple Station, Exit No. 1.
Public Buses: 202, 212, 253, 262, 299, 307, 604, 605

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian expat who has been living abroad in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. My husband and I have owned our own business in Taiwan since 2012. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. Follow Carrie on on Twitter @globetrotteri or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/carriekellenberger/.

3 thoughts on “The Grand Green: Taipei’s First URS Project

    Patrick Cowsill

    (August 27, 2010 - 6:32 am)

    When the city took the wall down surrounding Taida University, it opened an old and beautiful park and gave the neighborhood a whole new feeling of space. It’s psychological too, especially considering the secretive days of Taiwan’s martial law era, like we’re tearing down those kinds of walls.

    The north end of 2-28 Park looks a lot better with that wall coming down as well. Plus people can see that beautiful old museum, which will be 100 years old in 2012, a lot more clearly.

    Cherrye at My Bella Vita

    (August 30, 2010 - 11:34 am)

    What an amazing project … and beautiful photos. I haven’t heard of the Grand Green-thanks so much for sharing!
    .-= Cherrye at My Bella Vita´s last blog ..A Few of my All-Time Favorite Italy-themed Posts =-.

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