Ruin Academy (2010-) is an independent cross-over architectural research center in the Urban Core area of Taipei City, Taiwan. It is 'set to re-think the industrial city and the modern man in the box' through research and a series of workshops for various Taiwanese and international universities.
The ruin academy occupies an abandoned 5-story apartment building in central Taipei. There are no windows in the Ruin Academy, just holes in the walls. Also the floors are penetrated with 6 inch holes in order to let rain inside. The professors and students sleep and work in this 'dormitory' and can enjoy a public sauna on the 5th floor. Bamboo, taro and various vegetable gardens grow inside the building, dividing spaces but also serves as noise damper.
The Ruin Academy moves freely in-between architecture and other disciplines of art and science with focus on ruining the industrial city. Third Generation City is the organic ruin of the industrial city, an organic machine, city ruined by nature including human nature.
Description: Multidisciplinary research centre moving freely in-between archi
Design: Marco Casagrande / C-Laboratory
Consultants: JUT Foundation for Arts & Architecture
Building status: in use
Construction period: 2010-2011
Demolished: Constantly being demolished and re-constructed.
Location: Taipei , Taiwan
Coordinates: 25°2'17.3'' N, 121°30'27.2'' E
Tags: climate, greenhouse, reuse building, student participation, urban
Project ID: 101
Published: 6 September 2011
Last updated: 7 November 2011
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