Taitung Ruin Academy / Marco Casagrande

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  • Curator: Sandy Hsiu-chih Lo
  • Workshop 1 Operators: AdDa Zei, Tamkang University, National Taipei University of Education, National Taidung Jr. Cpllege, National Chengchi University, Mingdao University, Feng Jia University, Tainan National University of the Arts, Cheng Shiu University, National Jiao Tung University, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Soochow University, Peng Qien Ru, Yen Yu-Tien, Niu Kuang-Yu, Guo Ren-Chiao, Huang Yu-Nan, Chung Wen-Hao, Lai Yu-An, Chen Ruo-Qing, Hsu Chu-Chun, Lee Me Fe, Yu Chia-Jen, Wang I-Hsiang, Mao Ching-Yi, Li Ying-Ying, Yang Shan-Chun, Vaan Wang, Mao Hui, Shuai Wen-Hao, C-LAB
  • Curator Of Taitung Sugar Factory Museum: Tian-Cai Lin
  • Horticulturalists: Mei-Hsiu Wang, Ding-Yong Lin
  • Horticulturists: Mei-Hsiu Wang, Ding-Yong Lin
  • City: Taitung County
  • Country: Taiwan
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Taitung Ruin Academy / Marco Casagrande - Garden
© AdDa Zei

Text description provided by the architects. The Ruin Academy is set up in an abandoned Japanese-Taiwanese sugar factory (1913-1996) in Taitung, Taiwan in order to take further the biourbanist research of the Third Generation City. The core of the Ruin Academy is located in the evaporator tanks area of the factory from where it will gradually grow to occupy the whole sugar factory. The core offers multifunctional research and educational spaces for Ruin Academy workshops and studios backed up by extensive community gardening and wild nature inside the factory.


The roof above the gardens has been removed in selective points in order to let rain inside. Additionally the existing roofs and rain water channels are being used for harvesting rainwater into water tanks for irrigation. All the floors are covered by wood or earth – one can walk bare-foot inside the organic machine.

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© AdDa Zei

The Taitung Ruin Academy is focused in the research of the Local Knowledge of the indigenous Formosan tribes in the Taitung County area and transforming this organic knowledge into design methodologies of biourbanism - ecological restoration of existing cities.

Taitung Ruin Academy / Marco Casagrande - Beam
© AdDa Zei

The indigenous communities are still living in a continuous close connection with nature and are resisting the industrial control of the modern man. This biological connection of man and nature will be re-introduced to the industrial city as a decisive step towards the Third Generation City, the organic ruin of the industrial city, an organic machine. Ruin is when man-made has become part of nature.

Taitung Ruin Academy / Marco Casagrande - Beam
© AdDa Zei

The heart of the ruin academy is a jungle growing from the machinery of the abandoned factory. All the academic functions, tatami room and multi-functional spaces, future galleries and auditoriums, and the public sauna are the fruits of this jungle.

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© AdDa Zei

The Ruin Academy research, workshop and studios are realized in co-operation with various Taiwanese and international universities. Ruin Academy is operating as a part of the International Society of Biourbanism.

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Address:Taitung County, Taiwan (ROC)

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Cite: "Taitung Ruin Academy / Marco Casagrande" 01 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/552367/taitung-ruin-academy-marco-casagrande> ISSN 0719-8884

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