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Transition Factors Analysis Of Human Settlement


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S.-T. Kuo & Ch.-J. Chen


A settlement is an historical domain that consists of its constitution and the regulations of development. Under the influence of natural, economical and social conditions, the structure, as well as its function as a human settlement, is thus unceasingly changing. The space development of human settlements in Taiwan went along with the different policies from the Japanese occupation period to the republican era. The primitive human settlements are gradually brought into the entirety of the national development. However, the settlements became subsequently unvaried without their own identity when the authority imposed the rigid policies of development with uniform thinking. In fact, the change of the space of human settlements always reflects the different influencing factors when facing immigration, location, and development. This study focuses on what are the critical influencing factors of the transition of human settlements. The further purpose is to propose and to establish an appropriate model for developing or for revitalizing the settlements. Some new visions and viewpoints are also presented through the analysis of documentation where the different events and transition processes are described. Besides, this study uses the theory of Man-Land Relationship to observe the circumstance and the transition of the human settlement. The weight of influencing factors is thus classified and is compared after analyzing and inducing the various causes and consequences. The results of this study are finally expected to be applied on the further discussion of models for urban planning and settlement development. Keywords: human settlement, transition factors, development models, identity.


human settlement, transition factors, development models, identity