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After an unprecedented four-and-a-half-month monsoon, the Dharmalaya Institute is reopening its brand-new (and still-to-be-varnished) doors to volunteers, students, and interns, with a series of volunteer, service-learning, and retreat programmes spanning the next eight months.
BIR, HP (INDIA) — The Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh, in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, is home to a distinctive and beautiful form of traditional earthen architecture. Over the past decade, however, this eco-friendly tradition has become an endangered species, as increasing numbers of Kangra residents are swept into the ill-advised trend of building their homes and businesses with the toxic combination of baked bricks and cement. Very few people living today in Himachal Pradesh (and, indeed, all of India) posess knowledge of either the skillsets of the local vernacular architectural tradition or the facts and philosophies that underly it.
To address this crisis and preserve these precious sustainable living traditions of the Kangra District, the Dharmalaya Institute in Bir, in partnership with esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor, is launching the Internship in Vernacular Eco-Architecture.
BIR (HP) INDIA: After a marathon rush of construction activity through the winter, Dharmalaya held its first programmes in the new (and still-unfinished) main building of the Dharmalaya Institute. Over thirty participants from ten countries made the journey to Bir for the occasion.
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