One of many tallest buildings on the planet, Taipei 101’s New Year’s Eve fireworks have change into an iconic celebration for the reason that first present on the finish of 2004. However regardless of being a serious tourism draw, the fireworks haven’t been immune from criticism.
Over the previous couple of years, as poor air high quality becomes an increasingly serious issue all through the nation, the present has been focused by Taiwanese environmental teams. The most important of Taipei Metropolis, Ko Wen-je, mentioned in the beginning of this yr that the fireworks present ought to proceed and different, extra everlasting measures towards air air pollution must be taken. “There are 365 days in a yr,” he told reporters. “However the firework show was solely 300 seconds, so we want a long-term plan to unravel this drawback.”
As one of many tallest LEED-certified buildings, nevertheless, Taipei 101 typically serves as a case research for a way landmark skyscrapers can scale back their carbon footprint, and it has been taking steps to scale back air pollution from the present whereas protecting it a spectacle. A pair weeks in the past, a bunch of bloggers and reporters was invited to try this yr’s preparations. (All pictures on this story, aside from the one on the backside that includes final yr’s present, are by Garret Clarke.)
Over the previous couple of years, the organizers of Taipei 101’s fireworks present have taken a number of measures to scale back air pollution. Beginning with final yr’s present, the variety of fireworks was lowered from 30,000 to 16,000. So as to add oomph to the lowered pyrotechnics, a 55-story-tall mesh display made up of 140,000 LEDs, known as a T-Pad, was put in by Taipei 101 fireworks contractor Big Present on the north aspect of the skyscraper. The LED display overlooks the plaza exterior of Taipei Metropolis Corridor the place a New 12 months’s Eve live performance is held yearly and showcases animations that coordinate with the music and fireworks.
Andy Yang, head of company branding and communications for the Taipei Monetary Heart Corp., Taipei 101’s proprietor, informed TechCrunch that this yr’s present value a complete of about NTD $60 million (about USD $1.96 million). It is going to additionally embody 16,000 fireworks, put in from the 34th to 91st flooring of Taipei 101, and animations on the T-Pad. The crew that plans the present consists of 10 to 15 designers and about 50 pyrotechnicians who set up the fireworks on the outside of the constructing. Preparations are usually accomplished by Dec. 28.
Yang says Taipei 101 has been lowering the variety of fireworks used yr by yr. The LED display is at the moment solely on one aspect of Taipei 101, however Taipei 101’s administration is exploring the opportunity of extending it to different sides of the constructing.
Taipei 101 additionally instates an “all lights off” coverage, turning off all exterior lights earlier than and after the present with the intention to scale back carbon emissions. The LED display not solely allows Taipei 101 to scale back the variety of fireworks used, but in addition allows the combination of pyrotechnics, animations, music, and lights into one present, “which brings extra design and content material alternatives and prospects for Taipei 101 and Taiwan,” he says.