Preliminary Explosion on Ancient Architecture’s Disaster Prevention Design Strategy: Buildings in Lin’s Village in Wufeng

By Pei-Chi Su and Shang-chia Chiou.

Published by The Design Collection

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This Study motivation originated from the damages of tangible cultural assets by natural disasters. From from experiment’s operation, it developed designing and prevention strategies for cultural assets and discussed other related topics. This research uses Disaster Imagination Game (DIG) to conduct the operation in ancient buildings in Wufeng Lin Family’s village to show the possibility of establishing design strategy to protect ancient architectures while domestic tangible cultural assets are continuous damaged by natural disasters. There are various kinds of natural disasters. In this operation, we used damages caused by fire to conduct the experiment. From the operation of “Lin Family’s ancient buildings in Wufeng”, the result indicated we can discuss heritage asset’s natural disaster from two aspects, which are substance and people. From the view point of substance, historic spot is ancient object; it is indestructible. Thus, the strategy can be carried out based on existing resources, including fire control, environment, and building’s vantages. And the designing strategy of “people” can be promoted through mutual help. “People” has the most influential power at disasters, so “mutual work” is needed to have the effect of prevention. And the power of such “mutual work” comes from “active” residents, professional teams, and constructive government. The formula, “Self Help + Help from the Public = Mutual Help”, can be used to describe the power of people, and the possibility of disaster prevention task also starts here. Taiwan’s current cultural and design strategy is focused on the reconstruction of “main body”; emergency measures at disasters are unavailable. Therefore, developing disaster prevention measures for tangible assets becomes a joint task for citizens, communities, and the government. The study results constructed a “shared help” formula in the aspect of substance and a “mutual help” formula in the aspect of “people”. Designing strategies implied in these formulas have real effects. However, residents should be further re-educated and public sectors should also re-design implementation strategies. Through design strategy and practical operations, disaster prevention task for historic spots is able to come into real effects and become a comprehensive work.

Keywords: Historic Site, Community Disaster Imagination Game (DIG), Lin Family in Wufeng, Community Education, Design Strategy

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.113-130. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.881MB).

Pei-Chi Su

Student, Graduate School Of Design Doctoral Program, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Yunlin, Douliu, Taiwan

Prof. Shang-chia Chiou

Professor, Department of Architecture and Interior Design, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Yunlin, Taiwan


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