The competition for the Taiwan Tower was hosted by the Taichung City Government, R.O.C. (Taiwan) in the fall of 2010. The competition sought a proposal for an iconic 300 meter tall tower to symbolize Taiwan as the Eiffel Tower does Paris. Its primary programmatic element was an observatory high enough that one would see over Dadu Mountain allowing for views of Taiwan Strait. Other elements of the project included a restaurant, an environmental quality monitoring station, radio and digital signal transmission base, a museum and office space.


Ralph entered the competition with his five person team, represented by Kalyan Chakraborty of Polaris Architecture.


Their proposal titled, The People's Tree centered around creating an energy positive tower (by implementing a solar chimney) and using the parameters dictated this technology to simultaneously create an extruded park that would serve as a journey describing Taiwan's development.