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  • Ruin Academy (2010-) is an independent cross-over architectural research centre in the Urban Core area of Taipei City, Taiwan.[1] It is 'set to re-think the industrial city and the man in the box' through research and a series of workshops. [2] The Ruin Academy occupies an abandoned 5-story apartment building in central Taipei. All the interior walls of the building and all the windows are removed in order to grow bamboo and vegetables inside the house. The professors and students are sleeping and working in mahogany made ad-hoc dormitories and have a public sauna in the 5th floor. All the building is penetrated with 6 inch holes in order to let “rain inside”. The Academy is viewed as an example or fragment of the Third Generation City, the organic ruin of the industrial city. [3] [edit] Research Topics Anarchic Grandmothers, Academic Squatting, Urban Acupuncture-these are some of the ideas behind the Ruin Academy. [4] The Academy workshops include: * Organic Acupuncture o Spontaneous and often illegal urban farms and community gardens balancing the industrial Taipei and tuning the city towards the organic. [5] * River Urbanism o A form of landscape urbanism aiming in natural river restoration in urban conditions and reconnection of the modern city and the river nature. [6] * Illegal Architecture o Architecture that uses the Official City as a “growing platform and energy source, where to attach itself like a parasite and from where to leach the electricity and water… [The Instant City's] illegal urban farms or night markets is so widespread and deep rooted in the Taiwanese culture and cityscape that we could almost speak of another city on top of the “official” Taipei, a parallel city – or a para-city.” [7] Local Knowledge is a theme penetrating through all the research elements and tying the Thirg Generation Taipei to the site-specific natural environment. [8] The Ruin Academy received the World Architecture Community Award in 2011. [9] The Academy is viewed as an example or fragment of Prof. Marco Casagrade's theory about the Third Generation City, the constructive ruin of the industrial city. The institutino is operated in co-operation between the Finland based Casagrande Laboratory and Taiwanese JUT Foundation for Arts and Architecture. "The architectural control is in a process of giving up in order to let nature to step in. So far it is not giving up – it is too lazy. Architectural control will be given up. Modernism is lost and the industrial machine will become organic. This happens in Taipei and this is what we study. Ruin Academy is an organic machine." The core of the Ruin Academy?s cross-over architectural philosophy is the theory of the Third Generation City, the organic ruin of the industrial city. The Academy is focused in the research of the ruining processes of Taipei that keep the city alive. [13] The element of Ruin is viewed as something man-made having become part of nature. [14] Third Generation City follows the first generation where humans' peacefully coexisted with nature and the second generation built walls and stone structures everywhere in an attempt to shut out nature. In the third generation however, nature, which can never be truly shut out, grows back through the ruins, through the cracks in the wall, sucking human nature back into the wider nature. Third Generation City concentrates on local knowledge and urban acupuncture. [15] The Third Generation City is the industrial city ruined by the people - human nature as part of nature. [16] The elements of the Third Generation Taipei are: * Anarchist Gardener o Spontaneous community gardens and urban farms oparating outside the official urban development. * Urban Nomad / Instant Taipei o Light weigh and movable citizen architectural actions attached on top of the static city. * Urban Acupuncture o Architecture that is in the position of producing...
  • Ruin Academy is an independent cross-over architectural research center in the Urban Core area of Taipei City, Taiwan. It is 'set to re-think the industrial city and the modern man in the box' through research and a series of workshops. The Ruin Academy occupies an abandoned 5-story apartment building in central Taipei. All the interior walls of the building and all the windows are removed in order to grow bamboo and vegetables inside the house. The professors and students are sleeping and working in mahogany made ad hoc dormitories and have a public sauna in the 5th floor. All the building is penetrated with 6 inch holes in order to let “rain inside”. The architectural control is in a process of giving up in order to let nature to step in. So far it is not giving up – it is too lazy. Architectural control will be given up. Modernism is lost and the industrial machine will become organic. This happens in Taipei and this is what we study. Ruin Academy is an organic machine. Ruin is viewed as a tip­ping point when a man-made object becomes part of nature. Wikipedia

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