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Taipei City to incorporate a “suite-type” design in social housing; will revise the Evaluation Principles in the Participation of Publicly Owned Land for Urban Renewal in Taipei City for Social Housing

On August 31, 2021, the Department of Urban Development teamed up with the Organization of Urban Re-s (OURs) to initiate the “Social Outlook for Social Housing Design to Occupancy – Post-Occupancy Evaluation and Planning Design” campaign. During the campaign period, a “Post-Occupancy Evaluation and Planning Design for Taipei City Affordable Housing” survey was conducted on tenancy willingness, public facility needs, and expectations of accessory equipment. A total of 1,354 effective questionnaires were collected.
After analyzing the questionnaire data, it was found that the age group with the highest tenancy willingness falls within the 20-30-year-old range, with the majority of them unmarried (35.4%). Given this, small-sized social housing will be a preferred choice. Taking into account the ability of single economically disadvantaged households to afford rentals, the current planning of 1-room social housing may not meet the tenancy demand. Therefore, the Department of Urban Development announced a revision of the “Publicly Owned Land in Urban Renewal in Taipei City for Social Housing” on March 8, 2022, incorporating demand for the suite-type (23-26 square meters) design into the Evaluation Principles. In doing so, the city hopes to help young people or economically disadvantaged groups settle down through providing diverse housing units. In terms of facility equipment and operating costs, the Department of Urban Development also regularly reviews the “Standard Design and Management” criteria to continue to collect the views of residents so as to incorporate them into planning and design.
According to the Department of Urban Development, the government's priority is to continuously provide practical, useful, and affordable social housing, and the application of experience is the key to the sustainable development of social housing. The Department of Urban Development is making an effort to compile the experiences, approaches, and issues faced in recent years into a professional ledger, so that this precious experience can be passed on to the appropriate units as a reference. At the same time, existing high-quality social housing units will be used as design standards, to be reviewed on a rolling basis. This way, the core values of social housing design will be met, providing the public with simple, affordable housing resources for a comfortable and secure life, in line with the expectations and needs of the people.