By 1900 the Japanese were spreading their influence on the
new structures, including the building of what is now the Office of the President.
They also altered the urban planning of the cities by creating the street layout
of Taipei and other large cities.
After the Japanese faced defeat in World War II Taiwan found
itself to be the recipient of numerous Chinese again when
the fleeing Nationalist Party arrived and made Taipei their capital. This led to
a large number of modern buildings, including the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
and the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
In recently years this building has continued, but now truly in the post-modern
style as the Taipei 101 was built, one of the tallest buildings in the world. However,
a stronger and more influential movement that has also arisen in recent years is
a push to build structures that better suit the local culture and function of the
people. This has been translated to mean few large buildings have been built, but
more traditional looking structures have instead taken over, as have parks and other