AUO has played a forefront role in developing its new sites in Suzhou, Xiamen and Taichung. We have meticulously recorded and preserved the lives of these residents before our construction work began. A few years later, they were recreated at a preservation site near AUO's fabs. We believed that it was worth the extra time and expense to slow down the construction schedule when we encountered this landscape that is so meaningful to local history.
We care about people; we respect history. In this way we create a history for future generations.
- Quatang Barns
- Shantou Village
- Sidadun Kiln
Quatang Barns, Suzhou
AUO's Suzhou Factory was founded in 2001. In order to adapt for the development and construction of the Suzhou Industrial Park, Quatang Town was moved to the north of Loujiang River. Before removal, the Quatang Town Grain Regulatory Agency possessed nine barns. As proposed by several superintendents of AUO Company, only two of barns were reserved. The present "Youyuanju" is constructed on the basis of the two traditional barns, becoming a unique culture scenery in the AUO modern factory area.
"Youyuanju" takes the barns as the main body. The extended space is divided into three axes. The first area is "Beer and Skittles in Suzhou" , displaying special eating, clothing, living, travelling and tourism in Suzhou. The second area is "Quatang, Suzhou of All ages" , giving a concentrated retrospective presentation for folk life of all ages in Suzhou and surrounding towns. The third area is “Suzhou Ancestors’ Life Exhibits", showing people's lifestyles in ancient Suzhou. It is hoped that with the help of the space, people can know AUO in a short time and then acquaint themselves with this piece of land in Suzhou.
With the preservation of these Barns, AUO has in at least one small way made it possible for high-technology and traditional culture to coexist.
Shantou Village, Xiamen
Shantou is a typical Min Nan rural village with over 160 years of history. There are 40 families living in this village. Shan Tou represents the austere way of life of the Min Nan people and their history.
As time progressed, Shantou village was moved to the neighboring area, and AUO took over the mission of its continuing preservation and restoration. With the help of local government, AUO has successfully preserved a few residences, a Temple of the God of Earth, and some of the original surrounding forestland. The Shan Tou village we see now is a reconstruction of these artifacts, and has become a most unique cultural landscape in the modern plant of AUO.
Before reconstruction and restoration, the preserved residences were almost reduced to ruins by the elements. In order to preserve this cultural heritage, AUO has employed builders who specialize in traditional Min Nan architecture to reconstruct and restore the buildings to their former glory.
AUO completed the construction of its plant in Xiamen in 2005. By preserving the Shantou village, AUO has endeavored to preserve a piece of history. History consists of the wisdom of our forefathers. It is AUO's belief that by preserving the wisdom, creativity and traditions of our forefathers, we can positively influence others, and enable others to respect our common heritage and history.
Sidadun Kiln, Taichung
Sidadun Kiln is sited at AUO's site in the Central Taiwan Science Park in Taichung, Taiwan. It was discovered by AUO during the Environmental Impact Assessment for roadway construction in 2003. Archaeologists speculate that it is an abandoned kiln of the Qing Dynasty.
Archaeologists discovered the Sidadun kiln in 2003 and cleared the main area and its surrounding remains in 2004 using archeological methods. Realizing the importance of this kiln site, archaeologists have, during the excavation process, tried to preserve the main structure of the kiln as well as evidence of waste disposal. Yet, because of their desire to preserve the site, archeologists were unable to carry out a complete excavation and dismantling of the kiln and therefore do not have a complete understanding of the kiln's structure and contents. A great many questions still remain to be answered about the site as preservation and archeological study are, in certain respects, inherently contradictory, but archeologists have chosen to prioritize the work of preservation for the purpose of social education.
In order to protect the important culture heritage of this site and prevent damage which might result from construction of the high-tech industrial park, the BenQ Foundation and AUO decided to incorporate the main body of the furnace into the landscape design of the science park, and the preservation and relocation of the kiln structure have already be completed. Furthermore, the BenQ Foundation has designed a protection zone for the kiln structure which is able to accommodate its public exhibition as well. It is only through the exhibition of the furnace and other important relics that the visual and cultural meaning embodied in the contrast between the antique and the modern as well as between the contemporary landscape and the historical site, can be illuminated. We hope that, in the near future, this kiln site will become an important landmark in the Central Taiwan Science Park.