Human-centric development will underpin the society of the future New, inter-disciplinary factors will provide the outline for urban planning roadmaps

The “smart city” constitutes the ideal laboratory for testing innovative services. How should Taiwan approach the challenge of identifying citizens’ basic needs and then building a living environment that reflects local characteristics while giving full weight to the importance of living aesthetics? Ideas invited a group of experts (including: Liu P’ei-Ling, Director of the Center of Innovation and Synergy for Intelligent Home Technology, National Taiwan University; Lin Chin-Teng, Dean of Academic Affairs, National Chiao Tung University; Cheng T’ai-Sheng, Associate Professors, Department of Architecture, National Cheng Kung University; Ts’ai Ch’i-Yen, CTO, Sinyi Group; Liao Chih-Chien of J.J. Pan and Partners, Architects and Planners) to take part in an in-depth discussion of this issue, to map out a vision for future lifestyles in Taiwan, and to brainstorm innovative new service concepts.

Lin Chin-Teng: There are two main changes that we will see in people’s lifestyles over the next 10 years. Firstly, there is the impact that the aging society will have on healthcare provision and on parent-child relationships; secondly, there will be a rise in the average intellectual level, which will lead to citizens taking more interest in the cultural and creative industries and in new, hi-tech products.

Cheng T’ai-Sheng: The first thing we need to think about is, what kind of lifestyle transformations will society experience? People's needs are always hidden; most people don't really understand what they need, and at the same time, needs can be created. Taking Apple's iPhone and iPad as examples, observation of consumer behavior gave Apple the idea of creating devices that allowed users to make telephone calls and access the Internet without needing a conventional keyboard and mouse.

Liu P’ei-Ling: National Taiwan University’s INSIGHT Center has over 160 people on its team. Among the research assistants, people with a background in the humanities outnumber the scientists; the sociologist's ability to undertake close, perceptive observation helps the Center to provide an outstanding level of service.
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