This urban development strategy, as a crucial municipal construction based on public participation, was initiated by people advocating the preservation of the old railway afterwards implemented by municipality, thus presenting a new paragon of landscape urbanism.
The Eco-Museum composed of the century-old heritage of railway culture renovates the closed railway facilities into an urban recreational area with diverse features of ecology, culture, life, etc. The railway area of Taichung Overpass surrounded by the separate pollical, industrial, cultural and educational assets therefore evolves into the area with multiple functions, landscapes and facilities, where the appearances imply railways, and the furniture on the streets show the local history .At this area, people can learn the changes of Taichung history and urban development in their leisure tour.
Taichung Overpass includes a 1.6km old railway which extended from Taichung Railway Station’s north to south, including well-preserved railway culture heritage.
Hundreds of years ago, railways were built on embarkments and bridges, along with the sounds of passing trains that was the precious memory for local residents. The image of Taichung is signified by train bridges, which are named by people as “overpass”. The railways have connecting numerous important industrious, educational and cultural sites in Taichung over the past 100 years. The new elevated railways which crossed through the Green River have replaced the old ones, merging the sky and the landscape as the new skyline.
The railway developments of Taichung are connected by the progress and comprehension of city, the combination of spaces, and the old city map.