I-Wei Wu

Born in 1990, M.Sc. Bachelor studies in urban planning at National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan (2008-2012); M.Sc. in building and planning at National Taiwan University; master’s thesis titled “The 'regeneration' turn of urban renewal in Taipei? – Contestation of planning paradigms between urban conservation, renewal, and regeneration of Ga-lah-a Khut-a-thao settlement.” (2017); Master of Arts in monumental heritage studies at Anhalt University in Dessau (2017-2019); master’s thesis titled “Break to continuity? Contestation of difficult heritage in Berlin”; PhD candidate in the Heritage Studies program at BTU Cottbus since October 2020 and at the DFG Research Training Group1913 "Cultural and Technological Significance of Historic Buildings". Professional experience includes working as an urban planner for Taipei City Urban Regeneration Office, as a researcher and production staff of documentary films “My Native Land Once Again (2016)”, “Trilogy: the naked island (2019)” for Taiwan Public Television Service.

Research Focus: negative heritage, difficult heritage, authoritarian legacies, urban regeneration, participatory approach


Research Project:

From Break to Continuity: Articulating the Significance of Change in Conserving Negative Heritage



Wu, I-Wei: „From isolated periphery to everyday life – the urban transformation of Rummelsburg prison in Berlin as negative heritage.” Museum Island Column, Chinese Association of Museums, Written in Mandarin, www.cam.org.tw/2021-news104/ (2021).

Wu, I-Wei: „Break to continuity? Contestation of difficult heritage in Berlin.” Forum Stadt, Grabbeau, Herausgeber IABLIS, www.iablis.de/grabbeau/forum-stadt/i-wei-wu-break-to-continuity-contestation-of-difficult-heritage-in-berlin (2019).



„Break to continuity? Loss and change of difficult heritage in Berlin.” Presented at »the 5th Biennial Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies«, University College London, online. (08/2020)

„The power of darkness: The heritagization of injustice historic sites in Taiwan.” Abstract accepted by the conference »The Thrill of the Dark: Heritages of Fear, Fascination and Fantasy«, University of Birmingham, Birmingham. (04/2019)

„Community asset mapping as a mode of heritage preservation: Local initiatives in Ga-Lah-A settlement, Taipei.” Presented and paper accepted at »the 6th International Conference on Heritage Conservation and Site Management«, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus- Senftenberg, Senftenberg. (12/2018)

„Regenerating the urban renewal of Khut-a-thao historic settlement.” Presented at »Inheriting the city: advancing understandings of urban heritage«, Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, Taipei. (04/2016)

„Action planning of revitalizing old Ga-Lah-A district.” Opening introducer and representative for NTU at »the 10th Exhibition of College Planning Departments in Taiwan«, National Taiwan University, Taipei. (05/2015)