Teams from NTU won the top two prizes in a housing design competition organized by the Urban and Rural Development Department (URDD) of the New Taipei City Government this spring. When the URDD announced and awarded the top five prizes for its Youth Housing Competition on May 27, it was students from the Stanley Wang D-School@NTU and the Graduate Institute of Building and Planning who mounted the stage to claim the competition's first prize and second prize, respectively.
The URDD Youth Housing Competition challenges teams from colleges and universities around the nation to innovate designs for living spaces limited to an area of no greater than 9 pings (29.8 square meters). Organized to encourage Taiwan's young housing designers to realize their dreams, the competition requires the participating team members to be between the ages of 18 and 45. The competition drew 148 design projects from 44 departments at 29 colleges and universities.
The team from the Stanley Wang D-School@NTU won the 1st prize for a design based on wood pallets, while the team from the Graduate Institute of Building and Planning won the 2nd prize for a modular system design.
The design submitted by the team from the Stanley Wang D-School@NTU reflected the team's belief that everyone should be given the opportunity to create their own living space. Adopting a user-centered design, the team made furniture making as simple as assembling ready-made wooden pallets. This easy-assembly mechanism enables users to develop a more intimate understanding of the space they inhabit, and imagine the type of living environment they truly need.
Highlighting the motivation behind the team's design, team leader Yu-Chun Liu said, "We hope the space we design feels like a home for everyone to stay and conduct their lives. We will make our idea a reality. After all, when we build our places, we are building our own lifestyles and defining our lives."