One degree of latitude = One kilometer of altitude. This is a crucial equation in the understanding of the potential of the Alishan Mountain as a tourist site. It allows both an ecological and cultural connection between Taiwan and a family of nations via a material argument about culture in the new global society: that new regionalisms can be constructed at all levels of material practice. The opposition of nature and culture can no longer be conceived of as a simple dialectic... Agriculture maintains a varied and dynamic landscape of extreme variance. A Journey up the Alishan Mountain is a journey through four distinct ecosystems. We propose to harness this difference and accentuate it, so that the different climactic regions are reflected in a gradient of culture, cuisine, and landscape along the line. (to find out more...)
This is a competition that was won by Reiser + Umemoto in year 2003. It is interesting to me how steel was folded and manipulated to achieve this form. This ought to enhance the aesthetic of this cultural tourist site.
text and images from: http://www.reiser-umemoto.com/
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