TRANSLATION | Eugenia Yang
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.
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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