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Intercity Cooperation in Governance: Dialogue between the Bay Area and Taiwan

DATE: Monday, October 19, 2015

PLACE: Tamalpais Room, David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

SPONSORS: Center for Chinese Studies, University of California, Berkeley, and the Building and Planning Research Foundation of National Taiwan University

Made possible by a generous grant from the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco and the Republic of China Ministry of Foreign Affairs.




DESCRIPTION

Description

This meeting will include scholars and professionals engaged in regional cooperation platforms in Taiwan and those at the management level in the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), San Francisco Planning and Urban Renewal Association (SPUR), and others specializing in regional governance in the US. Presentations will cover regional cooperation platform programs in Taiwan and the Bay Area, focusing on issues of organizational structure, policies and judicial system, and financial/taxation, as well as citizens’ involvement in regional and community planning.

History of regional cooperation in Taiwan
Fifteen years ago, following the devastating 921 earthquake in central Taiwan, government reorganization in Taiwan at all levels took on additional urgency. During the reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake, in addition to the demise of the provincial government, new systems needed to be developed for speedy recovery from natural disasters. Comprehensive and trans-local decision-making is essential to increase efficiency and economy in infrastructure development.

In order to meet these internal and external challenges, the central government of Taiwan initiated a program to encourage trans-local government cooperation. To date there are six regional governmental cooperation platforms that are operating as ad hoc organizations devoted to generating common issues and seeking joint actions.

The northern Taiwan platform (北臺區域合作平臺) was the first one that began to operate ten years ago and now involves an area of about 6,000 sq. km. with a population of about 8 million. It has become the model in its effectiveness in communicating with the central government. One example is the collaboration on regional rapid transit system which links major transportation hubs and disperses urban housing developments; it has also devoted efforts to coordinate water management and green/public space preservation.

Bay Area partners
The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) has a 30-year history of collaboration between nine counties, which includes one hundred cities total over 7 million people. San Francisco Planning and Urban Renewal Association (SPUR) brings people together from across the political spectrum to develop solutions to the big problems our cities face. It is a leading civic planning organization with an emphasis on independent and holistic approaches to urban issues. SPUR’s work spans eight program areas: community planning, disaster planning, regional planning, economic development, sustainable development, good government, transportation, and housing.

Taiwan partners
The Building and Planning Research Foundation is a graduate school in Taiwan’s premier university, National Taiwan University. Established in 1975 with the goal of training "cross disciplinary professionals", it integrates the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning. The Foundation educates professionals equipped with the knowledge and skills in environmental planning, and social and cultural involvement to be able to adapt to the future development of the professions.

SCHEDULE

Schedule

Organized by the Center for Chinese Studies and the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley and the Building and Planning Research Foundation of National Taiwan University.

SESSION 1: MAKING INTERCITY COOPERATION WORK

9:00-9:20 — LIU John K. C. and HSING, You-tien
Introduction to the workshop and the Building and Planning Research Foundation of National Taiwan University

9:20-9:50 — CHION Miriam
Introduction to the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)

9:50-10:00 — Q&A

10:00-10:30 — TSAI Fu-chang, CHEN Lin
Taiwan Intercity Cooperation Platforms: Operational structure and critical issues

10:30-10:40 — Q&A

10:40-11:00 — Break

11:00-11:30 — MU Sze-mien, LIN Ke-rae
Social housing in Taiwan: Problems and prospects

11: 30-12:30 — Panel discussion and open Q&A

12:30-1:30 — Lunch (for presenters only)


SESSION 2: CITIZENS AND PLANNING

1:30-2:00 — LIU John K.C.
Public participation in planning: Taiwan 1990-2015

2:00-2:30 — AMIN Ratna, TERPLAN Egon
San Francisco Planning and Urban Renewal Association (SPUR)
SPUR and public involvement in planning

2:30-2:40 — Q&A

2:40-3:20 — LEE Sze-wei, LIU John K.C.
Taipei 2050: Critical issues and ways of participation

3:20-3:30 — Q&A

3:30-3:50 — Break

3:50-4:20 — CHANG Wei-hsiu
Social costs of market-driven urban renewal in Taiwan

4:20-4:50 — WU Jin-Yung
Self-reliance in housing provision: The case of Xi-Zhou community

4:50-6:00 — Panel discussion and open Q&A


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PARTICIPANTS

Participants

Co-organizers

HSING You-tien, Chair, Center for Chinese Studies
Professor and Pamela P. Fong Family Distinguished Chair in China Studies, Geography
University of California, Berkeley

LIU John K.C., Ph.D., Architect
Professor, Graduate Institute of Building and Planning
Chair, Building and Planning Research Foundation
National Taiwan University

Presenters

AMIN Ratna, Transportation Policy Director
San Francisco Planning and Urban Renewal Association (SPUR)

CHANG Wei-Hsiu, Ph.D., Senior Planner
Building and Planning Research Foundation
National Taiwan University

CHEN Lin, Planner
Building and Planning Research Foundation
National Taiwan University

CHION Miriam, Ph.D., Planning & Research Director
Association of Bay Area Governments

LEE Suay, Planner
Building and Planning Research Foundation
National Taiwan University

LIN Kray, Planner, Architect
Building and Planning Research Foundation
National Taiwan University

MU Szu-Mien, Ph.D. Candidate, Senior Planner
Building and Planning Research Foundation
National Taiwan University
Lecturer, Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, National Taiwan University

TERPLAN Egon, Regional Planning Director
San Francisco Planning and Urban Renewal Association (SPUR)

TSAI Fwu-Chang, Senior Planner and Executive Director
Building and Planning Research Foundation
National Taiwan University
Lecturer, Department of Landscape Architecture, Chung Yuan University

WU Jin-Yung, Ph.D., Senior Planner
Building and Planning Research Foundation
National Taiwan University
Project Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, National Taiwan University

DIRECTIONS

Directions

The conference on Intercity Cooperation in Governance: Dialogue between the Bay Area and Taiwan will be held in the Tamalpais Room on the second floor of the David Brower Center — 2150 Allston Way in Berkeley. Directions can be found here.