Mapping the Space of Desire: A Case of Making a Brothel a City Historical Building Wen Ming Lo in Taipei

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Cultural landscape is often the site of unresolved cultural differences, and conflict. Values such as democracy, is often being reinterpreted in contemporary times and thus, the cultural landscape is the site of contested and insurgent space. The space of insurgent site is the materialization of urban history. The paper will discuss the mapping process of WenMinglo and Gui-Sui street becoming the landmark of the historical desire cultural map in Taipei. This began when the abolishment of license prostitutes, who had worked legally in Taipei was revoked, in the city’s effort of ‘clean’ up the city back in 1999. The discursive transformation from prostitute to sex worker is a search to find legitimized space in the value system and city which prompt the questions: whose and whose culture history should be conserved? Is it part of the urban collective memories? Who has right to erase culture of others? How to preserve or rebuild such memories and building?


Keywords: Legalized, Public, Prostitute, Insurgent, Historical, Preservation, Site, Cultural, Landscape
Stream: Cultural Sustainability
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Dr. Annie Chiu

Assistant Professor, Architetecture
Taipei, Taiwan


Ref: S08P0215