Arthur Huang, who once won Mayor Bloomberg's New York Venture Fellowship, went to the United States at the young age of 11 to study, and later returned to Taiwan with a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master’s of Architecture from Harvard University. However, instead of becoming an architect, he taught briefly at Tunghai University before founding “Miniwiz” in 2005, a company dedicated to the research and development of technologies for recycling materials in order to transform decades worth of single-use “trash” into sustainable building solutions.
Miniwiz advocates the idea that “It is wise to minimize”, hoping to create buildings with minimal carbon footprints and toxic products through the use of the least amount of waste materials. You may be unfamiliar with his name, but his work is well-known. The “FE EcoARK” at the Pavilion of New Fashion of the Taipei Flora Expo, which was a green building that snagged many firsts in the world by using 1.5 million recycled PET bottles, is the work of Arthur Huang and his team, “Miniwiz”. * In February 2019, the World Economic Forum named Miniwiz as one of the 11 companies leading the circular economy.
This year, the Royal Explorer will look at the city of Taipei from the perspective of Arthur Huang, experience the unique atmosphere that this cultural melting pot has nurtured, just like how various materials have undergone an indefinite extension of their usefulness, and get to know this city from a different viewpoint!