chapter  5
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The Taipei Dome BOT Project

This chapter deals with the Taipei government’s decision to build a sporting facility and annexed shopping mall on one of the last green spaces left in the city’s financial district of Xinyi (信義區). In the case analyzed, the urban development plans of the local city government have been challenged by the residents’ growing awareness of local heritage and environmental issues. While protesters framed their grievances under the guise of “tree protection” and “heritage conservation,” the main bulk of the anti-Dome campaign was nevertheless centered on making use of the available participatory approaches by a new generation of lawyer/activists, which constitutes an increasingly crucial and active component of Taiwan’s contemporary environmental governance process.