“The housing problem and rise of the social housing movement in Taiwan” by A/P Huang Liling

Associate Professor Huang Liling will talk about the housing problem and rise of the social housing movement in Taiwan. A/P Huang is the Director at National Taiwan University’s Graduate Institute of Building and Planning,where she also heads the Research Center for Globalizing Cities. Her homepage at NTU can be found here.

The housing problem and rise of the social housing movement in Taiwan

Unlike the developmental model in Singapore, public housing in Taiwan has been neglected overtime by the government in periods of rapid economic growth.  Most public housing units were built for and sold to the public servants and the people in the military sector instead of socially and economically disadvantageous people. Nowadays, public rental housing for disadvantaged people only occupies 0.09% of the total housing stock.  Therefore it could hardly play the role as social safety net when the Taiwan society experiences economic fluctuations.  At the same time, the skyrocketing price of housing has made purchasing a housing unit an unreachable dream for young people.  In addition, discrimination in the housing market also leads to the difficulties in housing searches for disadvantaged people such as elderly singletons, the disabled, and poor people.

To address this situation, two years ago a movement urging the government to provide public rental housing emerged.  It could be viewed as a reincarnation of the housing movement in Taiwan from late 1980s to early 1990s.  However, this time the appeal of the movement has changed from government intervention in leveraging housing prices in the private market to more public housing or social housing for rental based on people’s housing rights.  This talk introduces the history of the two periods of housing movements in Taiwan, and gives an overview of the achievements as well as unachieved agenda of the recent movement for social housing in Taiwan.

The event will be held at AS7 Shaw Foundation Building, level 6, in room 06-42, the Research Studies Seminar Room. It will take place on Thursday, December 6th from 10:30am to 1pm. A luncheon will follow.

In addition, the event will feature two shorter presentations. One is by Dr Cho Im Sik, who will present a project on the impact of the built environment on community bonding by the Center for Sustainable Asian Cities, and the other is by Ms Yeo Su-Jan, a PhD Research Scholar, who will present her paper, “A Night in the Heartlands: Urban Informality, Social Sustainability, and the Nighttime Economy in Toa Payoh Central.” They are both from the Department of Architecture at the School of Design and Environment, NUS.


10:30am-12 noon: A/P Huang presentation + Q&A

12 noon-1pm: Two Dept of Architecture presentations + Q&A

1pm-2pm: Lunch

To get to the Research Studies Seminar Room, walk straight past the restrooms after exiting the elevator, then past the glass door on the left, and one door on the right. The seminar room is in front of you at the end of the corridor.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP with your name, email, and affiliation. Thank you and hope to see you there!

Additionally, A/P Huang will give a talk at ARI on Wednesday, December 5th, at 4pm, for the Asian Urbanisms Cluster. The title is “Regenerating the inner city through socially inclusive planning in Wanhwa, Taipei.” Please contact Jonathan at ARI if you would like to attend.