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Journal of architecture and plannin Volume11, 3
Article Study on Filipino Migrant Workers’Gathering and Consumptive Activities in Urban Commercial Area an
Author Chen Kung-Hung

This paper is to explore Filipino Migrant Workers’Gathering and  Consumptive Activities in Urban Commercial Area and Its Impacts on Urban Community Spaces. We will take on empirical study in Kaohsiung City. Major research methods are applied, including literature review, questionnaire survey and induction and interpretation.

In Kaohsiung City, there are no statistical significance among local residents’reactions to Filipino migrant workers’commercial activities and shop keepers’reactions to their open-mindedness or friendliness to migrant workers. Local people who have higher salary have higher degree of satisfaction to community spatial links . And unmarried local people have higher degree of satisfaction to community spatial links than the married. Divorcee have higher degree of satisfaction to community spatial links than the married. Higher education shop keepers have higher degree of satisfaction to community spatial links. And shop keepers have longer time shops have higher degree of satisfaction to community spatial links. Shop keepers who are from other districts of the city have higher degree of satisfaction to community spatial links than local shop keepers.

Keywords Filipino, migrant workers, gathering, urban community spatial impact, Kaohsiung City.
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Journal of architecture and plannin Volume11, 3
Article Study on Iocation Selection of the Enterprises’ Reinvestment in Home-Country
Author Kuan-Fei Wang, Tai-Ming Ben

According to the trait of settling multi-production factories of multinational enterprises, this study evaluated the impact factors on the location selection for Taiwan’s enterprises reinvest in their home-country through investigation of invest timing, location and organization type. The investigation was focused on the top 1,000 manufacturing firms in 2006, and classified to three regions, Northern, Central and Southern Taiwan, according to industrial districts. The research variables were divided into decision making and regional environment variables, where the decision making variables considered by this paper included previous investment experiences, headquarter location and first-time investment strategies and decision processes following path-depend, and regional environment variables contained the development of regional science park, industry specialization coefficient and Hirschman-Herfindahl index. By taking advantage of multinomial logit model, the empirical analysis was carried out and the results indicated that the headquarter location was one of the most important factors on the selection of reinvestment location, the location for reinvestment was affected by the first-time investment decision and experience, and the investment timing also influenced the location selection during nation’s economic development.

The results further demonstrated that insufficient attraction such as under developing science park will affect the enterprises to decide to station in the region. Furthermore, it was found the preference of reinvestment location was the industrial districts with localization economy rather than urbanization economy for the manufacturing enterprises in Taiwan.

Keywords enterprise, reinvestment, location selection, multinomial logit
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Journal of architecture and plannin Volume11, 3
Article Comfort Index Establishment of Wind Environment and Evaluation of Improvement Strategy in Urban Resi
Author Chun-Chuan Lin, Chun-Ming Hsieh, Wan-Yu Cheng

Topics of wind and thermal environment are being more emphasized recently since the air temperature in metropolises is getting higher gradually. The improvement of wind environment has to be reviewed for areas where is urgent for urban renewal. This study focuses on the aspects of wind environment in an urban renewal area, Da Lin Per Public Housing. Weather data from Tainan meteorological station is analyzed to formulate the comfort index of wind environment and used to simulate the wind environment in the study area. Reviewing the domestic and foreign evaluation indices of wind environment and SET*(standard effective temperature), the suitable ranges of wind speed for afternoon and night in residential areas of Tainan are evaluated respectively by absolute evaluation method and relative evaluation method. The micro climate of study area is first investigated by field measurements and the measurement result area used to verify the wind environment simulation calculated by CFD (computational fluid dynamics). The wind environment of the study area under the current regulations of urban planning, building coverage ratio (BCR) and floor area ratio (FAR), is evaluated by the microclimate simulation and examined by the comfort index of wind environment proposed in this study. Finally, mitigation policies of increasing the floor area ratio (FAR) and rearranging the layout of surrounding buildings are proposed in this study. Wind is induced into the study area and ventilation lane is created. Results show both cases improve the wind environment for pedestrians in the study area.

Keywords Wind Environment, Human Comfort, Building Coverage Ratio (BCR), Floor Area Ratio (FAR), Urban Renew
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Journal of architecture and plannin Volume11, 3
Article On the Extent of Importance and Demand of the Smart Kitchen
Author Shu-Mei Chen, Tzai-Zang Lee, Peng-Hui Lee, Yu, Ju-Ling, Chun-Lin Lu

Faced with the challenges of globalization, enhancing the quality of life with high-tech has become an important issue in the policy of technologically advanced countries. Therefore, the Executive Yuan of Taiwan in 2008 initiated the "Smart Taiwan" and "Quality Life" focusing issues, to promote the use of new technologies, including smart living spaces, in response to the challenges of the future needs and to improve people's satisfaction in their lives. Under the targets of safety, energy-saving, health, convenience and comfort, the engineers in our team develop several smart kitchen functions. This study aims to analyze what the users want in a smart kitchen, so that a design centered on the Smart Kitchen can be realized in a quality smart living space. Therefore, this study employed purposive sampling method to conduct the survey. The selected samples were the main users of home kitchen and their houses had to be equipped with the related equipments (such as computer and Internet) in five metropolitan regions and two sub-metropolitan regions. The research analyzes the users’ attitude toward the Smart Kitchen’s importance and degree of demands. We utilized importance-and-degree of demands analysis to evaluate the demands of the Smart Kitchen’s equipments to be the priority for the designer to design the Smart Kitchen. Further, to provide base for market segmentation, we conducted independent sample t-test to explore the variance of different sample users’ attitude toward the Smart Kitchen.

The results indicated that the main users of the kitchen preferred some functions of smart kitchen, safety and energy-saving were two of the most urgent functions of the Smart Kitchen demanded by the users. Kitchen’s functions need to get advanced from basic needs to enjoyed needs. The users of “high technology acceptance” tend to have higher demand toward the five dimensions of kitchen: safety, health, energy-saving, convenience and comfort. Those users who use Internet more than 4 hours a day tend to have higher demand on dimensions. Users have family members aged above 65 tend to have higher demand on dimension of health and convenience.  Therefore, the above stated difference may be a critical reference for marketers when making segmentation strategies for special market.

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