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2020 Taiwan Design Expo'20 - The Terminal

2020 台灣設計展-城市終端機


Traversing through daily life, logging into a digital time and space




Tasked to represent the key thematic pavilion of the 2020 Taiwan Design Expo in Hsinchu held to address urban issues, BIAS brought together history narration and new digital capabilities to show the hosting city, Hsinchu city, in its peculiar complexity. Instead of showcasing the result of design, BIAS imagined a new narrative for the whole city, i.e., to reconsider the city itself as a material database, called' The Terminal,' that registers both the old and the latest happenings. Not only but also, the exhibition structure was implemented by restructuring the municipal stadium's space. The stadium hall was divided into seven scenographies, the spatial succession of which accompanied the visitors into city statistics' depths and analyzed them.
Thanks to the narrative and spatial strategy, the city's near-future scene were created in the stadium. Here, visitors could experience the city as if within an operating center and understand how everyones' daily actions can change the city. Finally, up to 300 thousand people could glimpse the surreal imaginative world during the 11 days exhibition period.


一日生活掃描機 A Day in the Life of a Scanner


We are surrounded by data the moment we open our eyes every morning. Based on information quantity, it can be calculated that modern people coexist with tens of billions of bits every day, including the data transmission connecting us to the world via the Internet and the amount of data we absorb and put into storage. Enter the daily life of residents at Hsinchu.  Join long-time residents who have lived in the old towns of Hsinchu for generations along with newer families working at Hsinchu Science Park and young returning entrepreneurs. From the perspective of a “byte”, the basic unit of information, re-explore a day in the life of Hsinchu residents.

▩ 科技時代大事記 Chronicle of the Technological Age


Beginning with the semiconductor industry, Hsinchu has played an integral role in technical product development for the entire world. The first-ever fiber optic network for a student dormitory was set up in a Hsinchu university town. Even the first set of international standards for 5G core Internet software also came from Hsinchu City. Looking back, each and every major Internet-related event can all be linked to the developmental context of Hsinchu and Taiwan, disrupting our lives across every era. It turns out these technical matters are related to me, you, and urban development.


▩ 數據下的新竹 Hsinchu as seen through data


According to data on Hsinchu from the publicly accessible national database, Hsinchu, the “Wind City”, was found to have a younger population with high income and rich culture. It is also a “Crown City”, where income and expenditure top other cities in Taiwan, as well as a “Wild City”, where people’s behavior and purchasing habits are unique. Dissecting Hsinchu’s data is like communicating in-depth with the city while getting to know different facets of the city from a different perspective and seeing its one and only personality.


▩ 數位世界傳送門 Portal to the Digital World


Through cell phone interfaces, it is possible to observe what roles people play to enter the digital world, which is closely linked to their work, hobbies, and issues they care most about. In fact, all these technologies are built on top of human needs. Distant technologies and skills are actually much closer than you can imagine, and the portal to this digital world is in our hands.

▩ 生活後台數據庫 Background Database for Life


In the digital world, every transaction is no longer simply an act of buying goods or services, but also a connection to logistics, cash flows, preferences, and consumption habits around the world. You shape your appearance and connection to the world merely by the products you select. In addition to your purchases, there is a new definition in the era of data for every behavior in life, including food, clothing, housing, transportation, education and entertainment.

▩ 走進新竹終端機 Walk into Hsinchu Terminal


Monitoring climate change details, trajectories of urban life, and everyone’s expectations for the city, the data is updated and transmitted continuously. Entering the core processor of the city, the data undergoes a series of algorithms and calculations, and the resulting output becomes the city’s current format. At this moment as we meander within, we also become recorded data to feed an organic city.

▩ 新竹獸登入城市 Hsinchu Monster Logs into the City


The city collects everyone’s voice and expectations before transmitting the energy to every corner of the city, transforming into the limbs and tentacles of the Hsinchu Monster. The monster carries the ideas of the public and grows, spreads out, and breaks the existing framework and boundaries of the city. Following the Hsinchu Monster to return from a heterogeneous space to the original scenes of Hsinchu life, imaginations come together to create the city’s future.


LOCATION|Hsinchu, Taiwan
PROGRAM|Curating / Exhibition / Construction

▎2020 台灣設計展 — 城市終端機


策展團隊|衍序規劃設計、叁式 Ultra Combos

策展人| 劉真蓉 曾煒傑

建築設計|陳漢儒建築師事務所、陳漢儒、Alessandro Martinelli、劉子瑜、楊婕



互動設計|叁式 Ultra Combos






空間攝影|YHLAA 李易暹攝影工作室



















內容協力|文化銀行 Bank of Culture

特別感謝|數位時代 全聯福利中心 悠由數據



內容協力|交大建築研究所 新竹編成、新竹市警察局交通警察隊、新竹市政府行政處-資訊科、PM2.5 Open Data Portal、美國國家海洋暨大氣 Operations


媒體夥伴|La Vie 數位時代

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