The View of the Disobeyed Housing Phenomenon on the Contemporary Housing in Taiwan

Song, Hung-Chi
The existing residences constructed with additions have long been considered synonymous with disobeyed buildings1, and those with iron roof additions are often associated with slums. Yet in Taiwan, it is a secondary construction activity, a long-existing way of residence addition constructing aimed to meet people’s need for residency. This phenomenon of constructing residence additions highlights the fact that the space purchased from the housing market fails to fulfill citizen’s need for residential space, the government‘s power to control and forbid unlicensed constructions appears weak, and that unlicensed construction activity has become common in modern residential construction. In order to interpret the spatial construction of modern residential buildings in Taiwan and its social value, this paper reviews the literature related to the history of unlicensed construction in Taiwan in order to set up its correspondent system which is later analyzed by means of the research into the construction of unlicensed residence additions. Then, the Field Study is applied to the photography and recording of the types of unlicensed residence additions, and the effect of the residence addition types is developed through the Induction Method. The results of this study indicated: 1) There is a long history of residence additions. 2) Building cost speculations behind unlicensed buildings. 3) The complete paragenesis mechanism of residence addition building. 4) The two-stage construction process is one of the residence modes in Taiwan.
residence additions; disobeyed spaces; typology; social-cultural significance
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