Last summer I went riding along the riverside to celebrate buying a new bike. Before long I found myself in Shèzidǎo 社子島, a peninsula (formerly an island) jutting out into the confluence of the Tamsui and Keelung rivers in western Shìlín District 士林區. The narrow isthmus connecting this piece of land to the rest of Taipei 台北 has kept the urban sprawl at bay. In its place was a blighted wasteland of light industry, scrapyards, and grim, foreboding farmhouses like the one pictures here. At least this veritable pigeon palace is making creative use of three-dimensional space.