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24 April

Agora Garden Tower of Taipei Taiwan, Helical Force of Life, by Vincent Callebaut Architectures


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“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams!”

“Le futur appartient a ceux qui croient a la beaute de leurs reves!”

~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~

If such were the case, then people from Taiwan are simply some of the most beautiful dreamers on this planet. During the month of February of 2015,  I had the opportunity to visit Taiwan. Its neighboring states include the People’s Republic of China to the west, Japan to the east and northeast, and the Philippines to the south. Its former name Formosa dates back to 1542 when Portuguese sailors sighted the main island of Taiwan and named it Ilha Formosa, meaning “beautiful island“.

Taipei is the seat of the central government. New Taipei City, encompassing the metropolitan area surrounding Taipei proper, is the most populous city.

During the latter half of the 20th century, Taiwan experienced rapid economic growth and  industrialization and is now an advanced industrial economy. Taiwan is one of the Four Asian Tigers and a member of the WTO and APEC. Its high-tech industry plays a key role in the global economy, enabling its status of being the 21st-largest economy in the world. Considering the fact that Taiwan only has a total area of 36,193 sq km (or 13,974 sq mi), its residents/citizens must be magical.

Taiwain, Taipei, Taiwan Strait (Public Domain)

Taiwain, Taipei, Taiwan Strait (Public Domain)

Upon closer examination, one realizes some of the significant contributing factors to Taiwan’s success story: it is ranked highly in terms of freedom of the press, health care, public education, economic freedom, and human development.

To summarize my overall impression of  Taipei, Taiwan: it is one of the most civilized 21st century cities in the world! It is a city where people are polite, orderly, and considerate, with the cleanest subway system I’ve ever seen where not a single piece of trash could be found !

It is not surprising that one would be able to find some of the most progressive and aesthetically intriguing architectural designs in Taiwan, as seen above and below  in the Agora Garden Tower design by Vincent Callebaut Architectures SARL  and various projects. It is a new sustainable residential tower in Taipei currently under construction to be completed in 2016. In the center of Xinyin District of Taipei, the Agora Garden project (as the name suggests,  Agora, in ancient Greece, means a public open space used for assemblies and markets) aims at limiting its inhabitants’ ecologic footprints by building a vertical landscape with low energetic consumption on this last and only biggest parcel of land for residential use. It integrates the recycling of organic waste, used water, renewable energies, and various state-of-the-art nanotechnologies (BIPV solar PV, rain water recycling/harevesting, composts, etc.). The BIPV’s are placed in the pair of giant horizontal shades atop the building. Its trademark spiral is inspired by the double helix of the DNA molecule, suggestive of the life force it  brings to the city. Utilizing its helical twist through a 90 degree angle (at 4.5 degrees per level in this 20- level building), it is creating a series of “suspended open-air gardens”, superimposing vertically wide planted balconies of suspended orchards, organic vegetable gardens, aromatic gardens, and other medicinal gardens. Contrary to our historical perception of “buildings”, Vincent Callebaut has created a living organism in Agora, overpassing the passive role of most buildings as passive energy-consumers.  Agora is designed not only to be self-sufficient in terms of energy (electric, thermal, and alimentary), but has gone a step beyond to produce its own organic food while taking a dynamically fluid geometry!  I never thought I would see a building that would be able to project our human relationship to nature and our environment so musically! It is truly a Helical Force of Life!

Agora has answered the four main ecologic objectives:

  1. reduction of the climatic global warming
  2. protection of the nature and the biodiversity
  3. protection of the environment and the quality of life
  4. management of the natural resources and waste

I will look forward to the date of its completion. Until 2016, I invite you to visit Tao-Zhu Gardon or Agora Garden of Taipei, Taiwan by Vincent Callebaut Architectures and hope these dreamers in Taiwan will be bringing this Helical Force of Life into reality.

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2 August

Feed-In-Tariff Is Fuel For Solar Markets In Asia


If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at Thank you.

I can really feel the momentum and growth activity as multiple feeds came in today.  It’s given me a great deal of hope that our combined efforts will be able to solve much of earthlings’ problems.  Reports  from Solarbuzz is expecting Asia-Pacific PV markets to account for 26% of global demand by 2015, compared to the 11% it represents in 2010.  The top five markets, China, Japan, India, Australia, and South Korea, will more than likely to account for 3.3 GW of demand in 2011 alone, with China and Japan leading the region.    This anticipated growth may be due to major policy structure changes in the Asia-Pacific market, APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation nations).  China, India, and Australia are building on-grid markets.  China, Japan, and South Korea are all energizing their respective domestic demands through various national and provincial programs. It will not be surprising that  China’s 2011 market will reach 174% of its 2010 level.  Much of these developments are due to the help of Feed-In-Tariff.  Please read more at

Soon afterward, I came across the new announcement by Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) detailing its new national photovoltaic FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) scheme.  Rates of around one Renminbi (rmb) per kilowatt hour (US$.156/kWh)will be paid, and projects are subject to NDRC approval (unclear process at the moment).  The FIT  rate is expected to change since photovoltaic system costs decline over time and an initial rate of 1.15rmb/kWh will be paid for projects approved before July 1, 2011 and completed by the end of the year whereas projects approved after July 1, 2011 will be at the rate of around 1 rmb per kWh. Please refer to:

Once again, I would like to call for action for those of us residing in Florida and USA.  We have seen how  carefully planned and executed Feed-In-Tariff (FIT)/CLEAN Program may benefit other countries/communities by creating jobs and economic prosperity.  We have always enjoyed the fruit and labor of our founding fathers, our freedom, our liberty, and our pursuit of happiness.  It is time for us to shoulder the burden of our democratic society.  Let us create more local jobs and economic and energy security by learning more about Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program (by going to the search box at right and type in feed-in-tariff, then read the post and view/listen to the video), and talk to your friends, relatives, neighbors, and write/email your legislators asking them to consider implementing Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program.  Keep on coming back to this site, and check for the petition that I will be setting up soon.  Together, we can create many local jobs and economic prosperity for the communities we reside in and make the transition into Renewable Energy Age.

For a quick review of Feed-In-Tariff (FIT), I would like to share a clip from a previous post, showing you how Feed-In-Tariff has already benefited Gainesville, FL region:



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