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At the mountains and the margins of Taipei exist diverse unique ecologies, old communities and new socio-experimental laboratories. These can act as liminal spaces giving us clues to alternative ways of living in the increasingly globalised, homogenous modern city. Exploring the remnants of leftover architecture, nature and community doesn't necessarily leave us inebriated on irretrievable moments of the past, but can inspire us to creative solutions and ways of living in the future.

Huanmin Village is a unique historical and architectural gem of a community, assembled upwards from the foot of Toad Mountain, Taipei, the last mountainside military dependents' village remaining. Military dependents' villages are makeshift communities built by Mainlander soldiers and their families who came to Taiwan in the aftermath of the Chinese civil war. With a lack of space to accommodate the huge influx of immigrants, most of the communities were built in leftover pockets of land, often at the mountain or the riverside. The Toad Mountain settlement lies at the margins between the natural and urban jungle, was built with a gleaners ethic and maintains an intimate community life increasingly elusive in our cities. In 2013 the decision was taken to partly demolish the settlement to make way for campus development. This triggered an ongoing preservation movement, from which time we decided to explore, document, question and connect with the community and the movement while it still existed. 

 

 

Gleaning for Intimacy (山城台北)is a film by Pinti Zheng and Nicholas Coulson

 

For more information on the Toad Mountain history, preservation movement and The Hole’s urban projects, see:

http://www.erenlai.com/index.php/en/focus/2013/at-the-mountains-and-the-margins/5454-liminal-realms-at-the-mountains-and-the-margins-of-taipei

http://www.erenlai.com/index.php/en/focus/2013/at-the-mountains-and-the-margins/5459-toad-mountain-edge-effects

http://www.erenlai.com/index.php/en/focus/2013/at-the-mountains-and-the-margins/5455-the-toad-mountain-community-arts-festival\

 

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