Urban Planning and Corporate Participation and Promotion of Social Design – Moving Towards The "Design Society"

To discuss the future social design practice in Taipei City, the agenda will revolve around corporate engagement and examples of international urban design consultancy, with the aim of engaging both benchmark companies and urban designers to brainstorm the right approaches to social designs and building a design-driven society.


文|詹偉雄 [ 社會觀察家 ]

這裡的關鍵在於:「社會設計」必須捲進社會之中,不是一、兩個人靈光一閃的傑作,社會設計的作用在於社會成員的有機互動,在完成某些設計的客觀之物之時,心智結構(mindset)也跟著重新塑造。而最終,「社會設計」關心的是社會能否藉由這些設計,重新獲得一種「社會整合」( social solidarity ) 的一體感與榮耀感。因而,它不單只是關懷弱勢者的一種被動、補救性的行為,而是一種面向新世界、破壞性創新的介入式社會工程。

The Future of Social Design

Text by Wei-Hsiung Chan, Social Observer

"Social design" is an idea literally composed of the dual concepts of "society" and "design"- this much is clear. But the simplicity of this explanation is exactly the reason why people have such a difficult time understanding what this means. For instance, why has social design appeared with this generation rather than earlier or later?
The concept of social design has its origins late-20th Century Europe. From there, it gradually swept through cities around the world. Social design stresses that city governments and those willing to create new opportunities in society should create various society-changing designs through society itself in order to promote a new social welfare.
The key here is that, "social design" must permeate society. It is not the result of a sudden flash of inspiration on the part of one or two people. The function of social design is in the organic interaction between members of society. When completing certain objective aspects of design, peoples' mindsets will be reshaped. And finally, "social design" is concerned with whether society is able to regain a sort of social solidarity- a sense of unity and pride- through these designs. Therefore, social design is not just a passive force that seeks to help the disadvantaged, it is instead a sort of interventionist social program that faces towards a new world and disruptive innovation.
Day by day, the cold bureaucracy, professional politics, standard operating procedures, and programmed modes of daily lives seen in modern cities break down the sense of connection that links people together and alienates people from one another. Social design is the movement towards collective enlightenment working to reverse this unfortunate trend. This is where social design's urgency and its significance to our times lie.
In theory, the policies of every government office should be a small example of social design, but looking at Taiwan, we discover that the reality is extremely far from this vision. The future of social design in Taiwan may have to begin with large numbers of people joining together to wake up the old dinosaurs in our government!


Oct|24|2017|13:30 - 16:40
▧ 主持人|龔書章【國立交通大學 建築研究所副教授兼所長】
▧ 與談人|邱文傑【邱文傑建築師事務所負責人】、Sinus Lynge【Effekt 共同創辦人】

▧ Forum Host|Shu-Chang Kung [ Associate Professor and Dean of NCTU Graduate Institute of Architecture ]
▧ Keynote Speaker|Wen-Chieh Chiu [ Owner of J+R architects and associates ], Sinus Lynge [ Co-Founder of Effekt ]


Oct|25|2017|13:30 - 16:40
▧ 主持人|詹偉雄【社會觀察家】
▧ 與談人|彭明義【Gogoro行銷副總】、吳漢中【2016臺北世界設計之都執行長】

▧ Forum Host|Wei-Hsiung Chan [ Social Observer ]
▧ eynote Speaker|Ming-I Peng [ Marketing Vice President, Gogoro ], Han Wu [ CEO, World Design Capital Taipei 2016 ]