NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY, TAINAN, TAIWAN
BANYAN
Volume 11 Issue 2 - October 23, 2009
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Commentary
Andrew Shing-Tao Chang
The Living Water Program on the Cheng Kung Campus
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Dr. Joseph Loscalzo from Harvard Medical School visited NCKU on Oct. 13th
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Prof. Kuo-Feng Ssu (斯國峰) and Prof. Chin-Shou Wang (王金壽) of NCKU received "2009 National Science Council Ta-You Wu Memorial Award"
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The Living Water Program on the Cheng Kung Campus
Andrew Shing-Tao Chang

Vice Dean of NCKU Art Center and Professor of Department of Civil Engineering, NCKU

The author: Prof. Andrew Shing-Tao Chang
Sustainable campus is a trend and many domestic or international universities have dived into creating a sustainable campus environment in recent years. The Cheng Kung Campus is the original site of National Cheng Kung University, and water is the origin of life. We initiate a living water program by combining humanities, environment, and technology, striding towards a sustainable NCKU.      

Around the inner border of the rectangle Cheng Kung Campus, a 1.5 km waterway will be built. In its center, which is in front of the Main Library, a 3,000㎡ Lake Kuang-Fu (temporary name) will be dug. The water will flow by its own gravity and be pumped by a motor at the lower level. The energy will be generated by solar panels hence it is self-contained and renewable. The waterway also collects rainfall, stores water, and irrigates the trees and grass. By doing so, we can enhance the stability of the root and soil and help drain rainfall effectively. Regarding water source and collection, in addition to rainfall, we can channel the processed sewage from department buildings. The clean water will flow in the waterway and the original sewage will serve as storm drain, solving the long-term problem of mixing rainfall and sewage in the same drains on campus. The Lake Kuang-Fu will be maintained like a wetland, raising suitable animals and plants to prevent insect growing. The circulating water can also relieve the dryness in the north and wetness in the south on campus.

The department buildings along the Engineering Boulevard were built in the Japanese era, each with its unique history. The waterway can link the individual history, while the faculty and students from each department can participate in the design of the section in front of their department building. In addition, we invite on-campus artists to add a humanitarian touch and varieties to the waterway facilities. This is called public art. By involving faculty and students from the engineering field, their art and humanities literacy will be enhanced. An epoch conversation among engineering, art and humanities will also be initiated. 
Lake Kuang-Fu by the Library (spreader rod effect)

With a clear stream running across the yards and trees of the department buildings, in the Pond Yo-Yo section, small animals will be attracted by progressive bank design and layered plants, increasing biodiversity. In Lake Kuang-Fu, we will see fish, grass, and windmill. Willows and grass will be grown around the lake, and water birds will be attracted to grace here, creating a space to relax and rewind.

After the waterway is established, we will enlist creative ideas from faculty and students on the school's anniversary and hold all kinds of activities involving the waterway. At night, the colorful neon lighting on the bank and landscapes will become a tourist attraction. We are sure the Lake Kuang-Fu will be equally prominent as the Banyan Garden and Lake Cheng-Kung on the Kuang Fu Campus. I imagine our graduates will remember the waterway activities and the water birds and sunset in Lake Kung-Fu. The waterway and lake will link our memories and center our morale.

A map of the waterway
We initiate this program with the purpose to : (1) promote humanitarian and landscape aura; (2) initiate conversation among the sciences, engineering, humanities and the art; (3) solve the sewage and water drain problem on campus; (4) create an education example of sustainable development; (5) form a creative environment and center NCKU's morale.                              

Starting from June, 2008, in addition to artists, professors in various fields such as history, Chinese literature, life sciences, hydraulics, environmental engineering, civil engineering, geomatics have participated in the Living Water Project, made more than a hundred formal and informal discussions, give and take of opinions and email communications. After the approval of this program, we will invite professors from the fields of architecture, mechanical engineering, naval mechatronic engineering and electrical engineering to join and wider feedback is anticipated. The majority of students will also engage. By connecting the early developments of NCKU, we hope to generate an opportunity to create new milestones for the Cheng Kung Campus or even NCKU. Sustainable development has been appreciated around the globe in recent year. The Living Water Program will explore integration of various disciplines by studying on the aforementioned issues.   

Translated by Helen Chang
The Banyan Editorial Office
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