Creative Expo Taiwan City Tour App Connects Travelers to Innovative Design During World Design Capital Taipei 2016
Operating under the banner “Adaptive City – Design in Motion” — the core concept behind World Design Capital Taipei 2016 — Taipei City is set to launch the 2016 edition of the annual Creative Expo Taiwan (CET).
Both events are tied directly to the city of Taipei, aiming to bring people to design and take design to the people through themes that re-invent city neighborhoods as spaces for creative products and projects.
Taipei City invites travelers and businesses alike to become their own tour guides with a bilingual, user-friendly app launched in April 2016 to celebrate the opening of the Creative Expo Taiwan, the island’s largest lifestyle design trade show.
Part of an inaugural CET Fringe Shops program, the travel app interprets city neighborhoods as experiential spaces for creativity, and highlights exceptional design and innovation around the city. With 250 stores, cafes, restaurants, and cultural centers at their fingertips, visitors will discover first-hand why Taipei has been named World Design Capital 2016.
The app guides people through the neighborhoods that surround the three major exhibition sites of the 2016 edition of Creative Expo Taiwan, which officially opens on Wednesday, April 20. These neighborhoods includeSongshan Cultural and Creative Park, Huashan 1914 Creative Park, and the Expo Dome. The app features several useful functions to help travelers design their own tours, including news, maps, visitor information, events, and a list of hand-picked Fringe Shops.
Pioneering Design at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park
Renowned for promoting pioneering Taiwanese design, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park is a fitting home for the Taiwan Design Museum, which holds exhibitions of local and international design year round. Using the app’s map function, travelers can quickly locate must-see homegrown design stores in the vicinity, such as minimalist furniture showroom Mountain Living, handmade shoe shop O’Ringo, eyewear brand Classico, and a host of fashion labels such as Just In Case, Groovy Store, and A Room Model.
Inspiring Craft at Huashan 1914 Creative Park
The successful urban regeneration project that transformed an abandoned wine-making warehouse into today’s Huashan 1914 Creative Park has resulted in an upwelling of creative projects and workshops in and around the venue. Visitors can wander through the neighborhood and visit the iconic 24-hour Eslite Spectrum Bookstore, which holds much more than books within its cavernous interior. Others may prefer to rummage through the treasure trove of magazines, creative Taiwanese products, and vintage memorabilia at VVG Thinking, or the stylish contemporary art, fashion, and lifestyle brands on display at Mano Select Shop.
Creative License at Expo Dome
The Expo Dome, situated among some of Taipei’s most important art galleries and museums, will play host to theImages of Art display, exhibiting culturally significant art pieces from such institutions as the National Palace Museum and the National Museum of History. Visitors can enjoy a visit to the nearby Taipei Fine Arts Museum,a shining example of contemporary museum architecture. Next door to the Expo Dome, MAJI Square is a vibrant market of vintage and contemporary fashion and accessories, while farther afield, Everyday Ware flaunts beautifully designed homeware.
“This is the first time Taipei City has harnessed the power of modern technology to provide an immersive experience of the city’s lifestyle design. We hope that travelers from near and far will be inspired, and leave with a deeper understanding of innovative Taipei design and Taiwanese culture,” says Commissioner Pei-ni Beatrice Hsieh of the Department of Cultural Affairs (Taipei City).
Visitors to Taipei can download the app here: https://goo.gl/MQGz62 (iOS) and https://goo.gl/4YkVjc (Android). For more information on CET Fringe Shops, go to: http://cetmap.tw/. Visitors to Taipei can also pick up a printed city guide at museums, theaters, and visitor information centers. Produced by the Taipei City Government, the guide will soon be available in English, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.
To view more images of the Creative Expo Taiwan 2016, a video demonstration of the app in use, and a print version of the CET Fringe Shops map, please follow this download link: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Bz9o_vxqYG27TFQzcHNXZUJ5cnc&usp=sharing.
Taipei City Government’s Department of Cultural Affairs has also launched two urban design projects that visitors to the city might notice during their travels.
- In collaboration with City Yeast, a local social enterprise organization, the New Color for Transformer Boxes project (part of the wider Urban Landscape Planning project) will make Taipei’s electrical transformer boxes, cycling paths, and public squares more aesthetically and environmentally appealing. With the support of Taipei Power Company, to date 62 pairs of transformer boxes along five major roads have been earmarked for a revamp. The public is encouraged to help select final color schemes via the official Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/taipeiworlddesigncapital/.
- The Small Shop Signboard Manufacturer–organized in collaboration with Taipei-based culture promotion brand Archicake–is another project that connects small, family run businesses with designers. Designers consult with business owners to create signboards that highlight their shops’ unique character. Running since 2013, the project will this year focus on the creation of signboards for traditional market stalls in Taipei; by the end of 2016, the project hopes to celebrate the creation of the 100th signboard.