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Proceedings of CAD'17, 2017, 217-221
Railroad as a Digital Icon of Local Culture

Naai-Jung Shih, Pei-Huang Diao, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Abstract. The purpose of this study is to retrieve icon-centered activities in Pingxi and Jingtong, Taiwan, and re-interprets them through a railroad peripheral of the old streets in a digital form. Traditional 3D scans have a greater emphasis on technology. In contrast, this study would like to emphasize preserved cultural subjects and their relationship to different 3D data retrieval approaches. The purpose of this study is to interpret local culture in terms of the digital icon of railroads in Pingxi and Jingtong, New Taipei City. Railroads often were recognized as an icon of industry in the past. An iconic image and train station are usually located at the center of a city. In both of these towns, the icon has a new cultural meaning and has been transferred into a new illustration arena of cultural activities: flying lanterns and hanging bamboo tubes. The activities also give new meaning to the urban fabric with casual additions by local shops, residences, and tourists, especially around New Year’s Day and the Lantern Festival. The Pingxi and Jingtong Districts, located at the north-east corner of Taiwan, have many unique local characteristics which attract tourists each year especially to the Lantern Festival during holidays around the Chinese New Year. Both places are connected by railroads. Pingxi is also one of the four Slow Cities which are famous for cultural sight-seeing activities. It tops the priority for development.

Keywords. Railroad, Old Streets, Urban Fabric, 3D Scan

DOI: 10.14733/cadconfP.2017.217-221