International Designers Explore Dadaocheng Neighborhood

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International Designers Explore Dadaocheng Neighborhood

International Designers Explore Dadaocheng Neighborhood

The Department of Economy Development (DED) invited the jury members of the 2014 Taipei International Design Award to visit Dadaocheng landmarks including Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple and Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum.

The international visitors also enjoyed stops at ‘City Spot’-awarded stores, the century- old tea factory WangTea, and Fujianese Chen-wey teahouse (which Japanese actor Masaharu Fukuyama also visited). Through this event, Department of Economy Development hopes to promote the creative industry and attract more foreign tourists to discover Dadaocheng.To let more people know about the creative industry housed within these old mansions in Dadaocheng, DED organized the “City Spot in Dadaocheng” event and selected 20 stores based on five elements spanning service, environment, branding, management, and responsibility. Michel de Boer, a jury from Netherland, said that he had an impressive memory about the Fujianese street house in Dihua Street and admired the respect and caring spirit of Taiwanese culture. Hong Kong designers Tai-Keung Kan and Vivian Zheng remarked that they love the hospitality of Taiwanese people; they also bought Taiwanese tea and Yixing clay teapots after a tour at a century- old tea shop. Danish designer Nils Toft, one of the committee members of the World Design Capital, noted that Dadaocheng is a place combining traditional and modern elements.Some scenes from the film “TWA-TIU-TIANN” and “Lucy” were shot in Dadaocheng, because the neighborhood retained the culture and industrial history of Old Taipei. Followed by the rise of cultural and creative industries, many young people have moved into these old houses to start their business, bringing new energies to the local scene. These entrepreneur hopes to incorporate the culture of Dadaocheng and let customers experience the community’s creative atmosphere.DED hopes that the international designers can feel the spirit and specialty of Taipei’s culture by experiencing old streets, old houses, tea and calligraphy on this tour and bring the city’s creative industry oversea with them.

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  • Updated: 2014-10-6 17:02
  • Reviewed: 2014-10-6 17:01
  • Source: Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government

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