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Shortlisted: Yang Yung Chen, Tunghai University, Taiwan

Chen’s project, Infiltrating living alleys, proposes a school which knits together surrounding communities on the island of Chijin

Set on the historic island of Chijin, Taiwan, the project attempts to reconcile the disruptive arrival of a casino-based tourist development with the island’s long-established fishing community. To this end a vacant plot of land is identified as a suitable location for a school extension; an unassuming architectural typology conceived as the most effective of social condensers.

Acting as a counterpoint to the emerging and existing social conditions, the school is thus addressed as a nexus around which communities revolve and intertwine. Ritual and performance within architectural space, as well as elements such as light, matter and even wind are all considered as valid tools with which the threshold between public and private might be blurred.

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Earmarked for future development, Chijin is a major tourist destination as well as being a working fishing community. Yang Yung Chen envisages a school that will help young islanders cross the bridge between productive and service economies

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