RAFT Activity Kit: Static Merry-go-Round

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Creative Reuse Center Established in Taipei

By Betty Ko, Director, Lovely Taiwan Foundation

Tricycles made of chairs from bus and classroom

In the center of a busy and bustling Taipei, lies a cleverly titled building called the Creative Reuse Center (CRC). The CRC is a place that's based on creativity as well as sustainability - two features that are extremely important to Taiwan's future development. Only opened in October 17, CRC has received scrap materials, excess inventory, from more than 40 enterprises.

The center will offer workshops teaching how to turn these materials into art. In November and December alone, we will be holding 20 workshops.

Volunteers’ workshop

Within one month of opening, CRC has experienced numerous visits 
 and attention from schools, families, businesses, media, and artists with favorable responses. As a director of the Lovely Taiwan Foundation, CRC’s funding organization, I’m proud to say that our inspiration came from my visit to RAFT and other upcycling organizations. It is important to share what I have learned from RAFT with people in Taiwan to upcycle what normally goes to waste.

Creating an empress’ hat with scrap material

 CRC is a operated under Lovely Taiwan Foundation, which was founded in 2009, dedicated to showcasing various township cultures in Taiwan. The foundation helps build a local sense of pride through enhancing each community’s uniqueness - Such as from farm to school projects, seasonal cultural performances , building performing stages for aboriginal singers, fair trading for township products - each program catered to individual township uniqueness. As most of activities are based in various suburbs, CRC is right in downtown Taipei city.The mission of the CRC will fit right in with Lovely Taiwan Foundation and become a catalyst for even more artistic and environmental growth.

If you are ever in the Taipei area, please come visit us!