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做個不切實際的夢Be an unrealistic dreamer

June 21, 2011



“你們或是我們都能成為同樣的「非現實的夢想家」的話,一個超越國境與文化的「精神的共同體」將可形成 […] 我認為,那會是在近年遭遇各種嚴重災害,以及極度悲慘的恐怖的我們通往再生之路的出發點。我們不能畏懼做夢。我們不能讓我們的腳步,被名為「效率」及「便利」的喪犬們追上。我們必須以堅定的腳步成為一個不斷前進的「非現實的夢想家」…” (譯自日語原文;來源:上述結連)

When the unsettled aftermath in Japan fades out from our news, Haruki Murakami makes a point about the nuclear crisis in his acceptance speech for the International Catalunya Prize.

See how he talks about disasters and the Japanese psyche, and what he sees as fundamentally wrong:

“It’s really wonderful that you and we equally can build “the house of unrealistic dreamers” […] and “the moral community”, which are open to every country and culture. This is the starting point for our rebirth, since we experienced many natural disasters and acts of terrorism recently. We must not be afraid to dream. We should never allow the evil dogs named “efficiency” or “convenience” to catch up with us. We must be “unrealistic dreamers”, who go forward vigorously…” (Translated from original speech in Japanese; from the above link)



May 13, 2011

城市高速發展,鏟泥車主導的都市更新將建築物推倒、高樓價令無殼蝸牛成焦點熱話、遭忽視的本土社區價值令城市記憶如粉末般消失。這一切問題原來並不只出現於香港。台北一個名叫“都市改革組織”(The Organization of Urban Re-s)的團體,簡稱OURs,Re-s代表Re-design、Re-plan、Re-build、Review、Revolution。




Hong Kong is not alone in its development problems: buildings rapidly being torn down, accelerating property price and the depreciation of community.Taipei also confronts these issues.  In the past twenty years, a Taiwanese NGO named “The Organization of Urban Re-s” (OURs) has been actively promoting urban policy changes to make public space accessible to all.  Re-s stand for Re-design, Re-plan, Re-build, Review and Revolution. 

A recent fun project OURs did is to engage public members to protect 70 pieces of temporary green areas dotted the city landscape.  They host creative art fairs at one of those green areas and encouraged young people to explore various ways to enjoy the green amidst the hustle and bustle of Taipei.

Don’t you want to lie down on the grass in Taipei just by seeing the poster?

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