| The architecture of sporting facilities is the only evidence to shed
lights on the sports policy and market at a certain time. The following study
focuses on the evolution of public sporting facilities in Taipei City. Here are
the few conclusions:
Functions and Goals: During the years of Japanese governing, promoting a
healthier and better hygiene society was the priority concern. It led to the
construction of many sporting facilities that were designed to facilitate
sporting activities as well as to serve as sightseeing/recreation parks. After
the restoration, sports markets became to grow, so more and more integrated
gymnastic building were built to accommodate various sporting needs. In the
future, we can expect the "sporting & recreation" function to make a comeback
and become the mainstream as environment protection and community awareness.
In time of Japanese colonization, the two leading schools are Geek style and a
melange of Japanse/western styles. The former incorporates fountains、grass、
gardens、and gymnastic arena. The latter Budokuten.
The Taipei Municipal Government launched new construction projects out of the
concern for maintaining the sole legitimate sovereignty of Chinese culture as
well as catching up with international trends. Given that, the following styles
could be found:
Traditional Chinese-palace style: large outdoor field & track arena, baseball
stadium, soccer stadium.
Roman style: the evolution different stages of semi-dome、dome、and the ongoing
Modern style: an integrated sporting complex with sleek designs, glass wall,etc.
The Taipei Sports Stadium is representative of this style.