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Taipei's Sprawling Art Scene
44 South Village: Kuomintang soldier housing complex turned multi-use complex

What makes Taiwan the vibrant, innovative city that it is must be the young people working on its design scene – most working on the fields of industrial and interior design, city planning, and architecture – and the people backing them up. The combined efforts of the young and the old move the city forward. After all, design is how things work, and how things work dictate a certain way of life.

Taipei's Sprawling Art Scene

Most of the time, highly skilled artisans and micro-entrepreneurs have a difficult time getting support from established brands, but that doesn’t seem like the case in Taipei. They find homes in art collectives such as Songshan Cultural & Creative Park and find a receptive audience in Taiwan’s most iconic bookstore-turned-department-store, eslite. Repurposing old buildings requires a good deal of capital, but Taipei spares no expense in preserving its history, all the while enlivening its art and culture.

Now, if only developing cities were to take a page from the book of this year’s design capital, today’s youth would have the perfect outlet for their creativity and restlessness, and, on a side note, metropolitan hubs would not look like grayscale copies of each other.

Photo via William @ The Passport Out

Jillian @ Passport Out

Jillian is the Editorial Director of Passport Out.

19 Comments
  1. Kathy Santos

    July 18, 2017 2:17 pm

    Taipei in my agenda for november! Thank you for sharing this! Gr8 article!

  2. J Marie

    July 18, 2017 4:36 pm

    Superb writing + fantastic pic = 1 fine article! Great job as always Passportout!

  3. Cara Soong

    July 19, 2017 12:46 pm

    taiwan might be just a few hours away from hong kong, but ive never been. u made it a lot interesting! did u try hotels there too…?

  4. Colin

    July 19, 2017 12:47 pm

    Beautiful write up, beautiful photo
    classic passport out
    thank you for sharing

  5. berkeleysq

    July 19, 2017 12:49 pm

    best place in the world – love your pic
    PS i live in taipei

  6. pabloaued

    July 19, 2017 12:50 pm

    Any hotels recommendations in Taipei ?

  7. hejjoanna

    July 19, 2017 1:03 pm

    This is too beautiful! Love love love the pics and the write up! You really are inspiring every traveler!

  8. helen.heidel

    July 19, 2017 1:04 pm

    I just discovered your page 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍the most beautiful and creative website you have ! πŸ‘πŸ˜˜

  9. doubollm

    July 19, 2017 1:07 pm

    Which camera do you use?

  10. larisareimer

    July 19, 2017 1:17 pm

    Where did you stay in Taipei? Any recos?

  11. ✨ALIREZA✨

    July 19, 2017 1:36 pm

    You can come to Iran and see beautiful Shiraz and Isfahan, make sure you enjoy, in Shiraz you can eat faloodeh, it’s so delicious, research now about Iran, it’s too beautiful

  12. erinjoyseibert

    July 19, 2017 4:48 pm

    Loveee your photography! I think my favourite thing about your photos is how effortlessly you capture the magic of travelling and exploring ❀

  13. lilchouchou

    July 19, 2017 4:48 pm

    Splendid πŸ’πŸ’• Need to visit Taipei

  14. alexandradefrio

    July 19, 2017 4:51 pm

    how long were u in tpe ? how long is best time to explore ?

  15. spiritually_nutritious_ANA

    July 19, 2017 4:53 pm

    This space is EVERYTHING 😍
    Was there in April and I loved it. Hope they develop the place more soon!

  16. adriennestephanie

    July 20, 2017 10:20 am

    What kind of camera are you using? Tell me pleaseeeee

  17. lizzimacc

    July 20, 2017 10:21 am

    What a fantastic place!! This is so good!! πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½

  18. coiffurecuvato

    July 21, 2017 10:42 am

    The best city in the world. Amazing.

  19. dori_arenas

    July 21, 2017 10:43 am

    Home is where your heart is πŸ’• This is home for me.

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