“The natural selection principle of "survival of the fittest" is about neither predator and prey nor the elimination of the weak. Rather it is how to equip oneself to contribute more, to enrich humankind, the environment, and culture, and most importantly, to alleviate the sufferings of future generations.
I believe this is true of architecture as well. Through generations of continuance and sustainable practice, the professional value of architecture has been demonstrated, and its contribution can reach new heights and vision.”
──Joshua Jih Pan
In September 2019, we received an invitation from ta Taiwan Architecture to serve as the guest editor of this issue. With nearly four decades of history, we at JJP asked ourselves from what perspective should we view architecture. What is the purpose of JJP to assemble nearly 300 professionals? The answer has nothing to do with the projects, regardless of scale or individual preference, but rather a shared belief in the value of architecture. After an in-depth discussion, we decided to embark from the perspective of "Taiwan Architecture's Expectations and Hopes" and developed the theme of "Professional, Continuance and Sustainability in Architecture", which is presented as follows:
As a prelude, three successive generations of architects, Joshua Jih Pan, Tsai Yuan-Liang , and Chang Jing-Yao, who were educated in Taiwan and professionally trained abroad, gather to discuss their observations and expectations on the continuance of architectural practices in Taiwan.
Next, we dive into the topic of "professionalism" and JJP invited several renowned foreign firms to share their experience on the international stage and in Taiwan. Articles include the global perspective of Zaha Hadid Architects, RSHP's pioneer knowledge in glocalization, and MVRDV’s take on making the best of a foreign context. Unfortunately, the plan for Nikolaus Goetze, a partner at the prestigious German firm, gmp, to discuss in person with JJP his firm’s experience in Asia, was disrupted.
However, true to his commitment he delivered an insightful take on the success of gmp’s international record. It must be noted that throughout the process, despite the raging pandemic, all of our esteemed foreign friends demonstrated true professionalism and perseverance by working closely with the JJP editorial team,which is a testament to their respect for the readers in Taiwan and how the sharing of architectural knowledge transcends borders.
In the subsequent section titled “continuance", we were fortunate enough to arrange a discussion between another gmp veteran architect, Marc Ziemons, and JJP’s principal Su Chungwei, on overcoming global challenges and cultural differences. The three Taiwanese architects from the prologue, Joshua Jih Pan, Tsai Yuan-Liang, and Chang Jing-Yao, then return to reflect on their extensive professional experience.
For the last topic of "sustainability", we begin with "#_Architecture " to resonate with the next generation. Two recognized architectural scholars, Kung Shu-Chang and Chi Jr-Gang, engaged two established architects, Su Chungwei and Nancy Lin of AECOM, in a live webcast and Q & A. Switching to a different approach, Zhang Xiaoming, JJP’s managing principal, posed a series of questions to HKS Architects on their achievements in inter-disciplinary research and development. Next come essays by three architects of different generations, from Lin Yu-Han of Behet Bondzio Lin Architekten on critical practice, Lin Bo-Yang of Fieldevo Design Studio on designing with nature, and Joshua Jih Pan on timelessness in architecture. Finally, the architectural scholar Lo Shih-Wei offers a discourse the transformation of Taiwanese architecture with a focus on the cultural edifice. A fitting conclusion as all architectural practices are carried out in the context of history and the past offers valuable lessons towards the future.
We hope you will enjoy the content brought to you by the JJP editorial team. Happy reading!