Today’s Solutions: June 21, 2024

MVRDV's Sun Rock with sun setting behind the horizon

This solar panel covered building reflects Taiwan’s green energy transition

Most projects designed by the Dutch architecture firm MVRDV tend to leave a lasting impression on whoever lays their eyes on them. The company's upcoming project, Sun Rock, is no exception. Designed for Taiwan’s government-owned power company Taipower, the project takes the form of a building Read More...

Tao Zhu Yin Yuan, a LEED Gold-certified high-rise slated for completion in the second half of 2021.

This skyscraper in Taipei features a carbon-absorbing vertical forest

According to the World Green Building Council, our built environment is responsible for almost 40 percent of the world’s carbon footprint. Facing a dire need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, architects and urban planners must ensure that our future buildings have the smallest negative Read More...

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Buddhist children’s books are inspiring young environmentalists in Taiwan

Since the 1990s, Taiwan has worked on an ambitious environmental preservation plan, including instituting a highly effective recycling system that repurposes 20 percent more waste than the US. The country has embraced education, especially at the elementary school level, as a key component to Read More...

The value of female leadership

The value of female leadership during a pandemic

Different approaches to managing the pandemic lead to vastly different outcomes across countries. Some, like New Zealand, have effectively eradicated the virus, while others wait anxiously for vaccine relief among rising infection rates. Looking at what went right in countries like Norway, Iceland, Read More...

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Taiwan was once known as ‘Garbage Island’. Now it’s a model of recycling success

In the ’80s and ’90s, Taiwan had one of the world’s worst urban waste problems. Its landfills overflowed and mountains of rubbish clogged street corners, earning it the unflattering moniker “Garbage Island.” Fed up with the accumulation of waste, people across the country demanded action. Read More...

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Taiwan just became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage

Although many countries across the world have legalized same-sex marriage over the last decade, no country in Asia has done it yet. That is, until now. Last Friday, thousands of marriage-equality advocates celebrated in the pouring rain outside Taiwan’s legislature as it voted to become the first Read More...

Meet the 96-year-old who saved

Meet the 96-year-old who saved his village in Taiwan with a paintbrush

If you heard that the town where you have lived your entire life was going to be demolished, what would you do? For Huang Yung-fu, a former soldier from Taiwan, the answer was pick up a brush and paint. For the past 10 years, Yung-fu has been waking up at 4:00 in the morning and decorating the Read More...

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Starbucks unveils store built from 29 recycled shipping containers in Taiwan

Starbucks Taiwan will debut its first Asia Pacific store that is built from recycled shipping containers in the Hualien Bay Mall. The mall has yet to be opened to the public, but it is situated in a touristic area of the city that is well known for its cuisine and features breathtaking views of the Read More...