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江文淵|關愛土地的建築詩人 An Architect-Poet Who Lives for the Land

TRANSLATION | Eugenia Yang

如果說,在新冠肺炎疫情陰影下,全世界還有什麼好消息,或許是生態環境得以修復。人類被迫停滯在家,各類交通生產也陸續停擺,隨之而來的,是大地之母的環境改善。與自然共生,每一寸土地在江文淵的打造之下,承載著更多人文與社會情懷,不在時間長河中迷航。

Perhaps the only silver lining in this catastrophic global pandemic is that the ecosystem has been repaired. People are forced to remain at home, while transportation and production are all put on pause; what follows is a chance for mother nature to breathe and heal. Without losing its way in time, every inch of land under the hands of architect, Wen-Yuan Chiang not only peacefully coexists with nature, but also carries more culture and sentimentality.

邂逅半畝塘之綠

初見半畝塘,花草的蓊鬱蔥蘢,托起了滿築綠意;水的蜿蜒流暢,流出蓬勃生機。在這裡的每一步,不著痕跡的讓人仿佛置身山林,卻都是江文淵智慧的巧手之筆。2020年全球因疫情被迫按下了暫停鍵,透過建築設計運動是否有希望挽救某些逐漸退化的社會屬性,是當代值得思考與重視的課題。而一株病毒,於江文淵眼中是一道新世代的開端,人類開始意識到原生態的重要性,可持續性的綠色之城將成為趨勢,未來建築將從生態與居住環境、城市功能作為考量。

建築人文之働

從小喜愛畫畫,家人反對,於是他選擇一項知識宏觀的學科,從此走上了一條建築設計之路。對於建築與人的關係擁有獨道見解,於文化與土地的熱愛與尊重,始終扎根在他的設計之中。透過佛法悟道,萬物與我共生,一絲智者氣質,在他身上展露無遺,充分抓住現代人越來越渴望投入綠意生態的心理,整合自然、人文與科技,江文淵早早就開始了一場人居理想時代的變革,讓懂它的住客價值觀上在同一時間與地點實現了共振。好的建築會啟發我們生活關照與自省作用,而更好的建築,會組織更好的人生。

共享城市綠心

採訪近末,江文淵強調若是無法短期之內實行環保,可以從培養對自然的親切感做為起點,一種好的審美與感知,舒服的體驗,一個真正適合人居的生活方式,或許是從讓人、建築、自然三者和諧共生。建築是最大的文化載體,它見證了時代變遷,而保護與推廣人文生態是歷史賦予建築設計師一項重要精神使命。點滴變化之中,生活在綠意之中將不在是遙遠的烏托邦神話,日常的自然,從人文關懷出發,江文淵秉持著謙和的態度與人天共好的精神,努力去踐行他所理解的建築師應有的社會責任,尋求真正的「人文建築」。他致力於將半畝塘文化精神推廣,詮釋生命張力,付出回饋是良性循環,生態優先綠色發展,培育出更多的建築新秀。

An Encounter With Banmu Tang

Stepping into Banmu Tang Environmental Integration Group, the whole place radiates with vitality and rejuvenation: the flowers and trees are flourishing and the water flows through the place with pristineness and life. Here, as if having arrived at a real-life forest, you will find that your steps leave no mark. And yet, everything in Banmu Tang is intricately created by Wen-Yuan Chiang himself. This year, the pandemic had forced the whole world to hit pause. The possibility of saving certain declining attributes in society with innovative architecture movements becomes a lesson worthy of discussion and thought. To Wen-Yuan Chiang, this virus opens up an opportunity for a new generation to be born, one in which human beings will begin to realize the significance of the ecosystem. Sustainably built cities and housings will become the trend, shifting the focus of architecture to creating a balance between the living space, our ecosystem, and the functions of a city.

When Architecture Meets Humanity

As a kid, Wen-Yuan Chiang developed a passion for painting but his parents were against it. Thus, he decided to take on a different path and chose to study architecture instead. He holds a unique view towards the relationship between architecture and people and always makes sure his building designs stem from both his passion for culture and respect for nature. Enlightened by Buddhism and its belief in symbiosis, he emits this sage-like temperament and by integrating nature, humanity, and technology, he successfully captures modern society’s increased devotion towards constructing a sustainable environment. In a way, Wen-Yuan Chiang started a reformation on finding the ideal human settlement, a change that resonates with residents who understand the value of human ecology. He believes that good architecture inspires reflection and self-care, while better architecture builds better lives.

Building A Green City Together

Towards the end of the interview, Wen-Yuan Chiang emphasizes that establishing a familiarity towards nature can be the alternative start if immediate environmental protection cannot be achieved. Perhaps, to create an aesthetic sensibility, a satisfying living experience, and a truly suitable dwelling for human beings, we have to first reach an equilibrium between the people, architecture, and nature. Having witnessed changing times, architecture becomes the largest bearer of culture, entrusting architects with this important mission to preserve and promote human ecology. Starting from here, step by step, a symbiosis between human and nature will no longer be a utopian myth. Upholding a humble attitude and the determination to do right by the people and the environment, he strives to fulfill an architect’s social responsibilities through finding the ultimate “humanistic building.” Prioritizing the wellbeing of the ecosystem, Wen-Yuan Chiang aspires to promote the enduring spirit of Banmu Tang in order to create this positive cycle of giving and receiving and continues to inspire more young architects with promising potential and talent. 

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