In response to the challenge of globalization and the technology encountered by Taiwan’s pop music industry, the Ministry of Culture (former Council for Cultural Affairs) carried out the Taipei Music Center(TMC) construction plan implemented in 2004, in accordance with the political objectives of the Ten New Major Construction Projects led by the Executive Yuan. The TMC construction plan includes infrastructure establishment as well as industry development on both hardware and software, aiming to increase the outcome value and eventually improve the industry in all aspects.
The TMC is located on the north-east side to the intersection of Xiangyang Road (向陽路) and Zhongxiao East Road (忠孝東路) and in between of Taiwan railway Nangang Station (a multi-union station where TRA, THSR, and MRT come across) and MRT Kunyang Station of Bannan Line (板南線, with total area of 8.96 hectares. The entire TMC is divided into Northern Site and Southern Site by Civic Boulevard (市民大道). Among the two sites are the three main buildings: the Performance Hall, the Pop Music Culture Hall, and the Industrial Hall, all connected by pedestrian walkway bridges. The three uprising buildings together conform a unique triangular shape, which strengthens not only the unity of the entire architecture but also highlights the visual effect of three axes of TMC as they were intentionally designed to make it convenient for visitors' self-guidance to the three buildings.
The architecture of TMC was consigned to the RUR Architecture P.C., U.S.A. (selected as winner of international architect competition held in Taipei beforehand), in cooperation with the Fei & Cheng Associates team from Taiwan. The Northern Site has broken ground since January, 2015, with targeted date of completion set for June, 2018 and yet another upcoming plan on trial operation in October, 2018. Meanwhile, the contstruction of the Southern Site started building since April 2016, is expected to be finished in April, 2019.
In retrospect of the development of Taiwan's pop music industry, the Taiwanese has been occupying the leading position in the Chinese pop music scene for decades. The Taiwanese artists are well-known for their abundant talent and free creativity as well as their mature production skills. Lastly and most importantly to mention, they have benefited a lot from the relatively free market mechanism rooted in Taiwan. The construction of the TMC, carried out by the main concept of "industry cluster space", is currently the only compound pop music village in Asia. The TMC is expected to combine music production, marketing strategy, talent development, and information integration to become the cultural epi-center and performing stage of pop music. Besides, the TMC shall provide the latest software and hardware for music creation, cutting-edge technology and international industry information to the talents of diversified background to gather for further interaction and cross-border cooperation. Meanwhile, the TMC shall become an international marketing stage highlighting the diversity and creativity of Taipei City culture, in hope of attracting more international visitors to increase local urban tourism in the long run.