Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
As architecture students, Qatar couldn't be a better classroom. On one side of the street you see American fast food chains and the other a Jean Nouvel tower. It's a great lesson in what to do and what not to do, I suppose. We got a fantastic tour of the city today before leaving for Kathmandu where I now type from. Our tour guide was quite proud to show us the palatial residential and commercial developments that they hope will drive in the masses. We also learned that they provide newly married couples with an interest free loan and $250,000 to start their family, so maybe we just might end up here with those masses.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
And we're here! After a 12 hour flight we've arrived to sweltering heat here in Qatar. We weren't expecting to arrive to such familiar places:
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Sayonara folks! We're off to find some Spirit of Place adventures. First stop, Doha. See you tomorrow! And don't forget to check out our Facebook group site or add as a friend here. I'll be adding photos/videos as we go along so make sure to check in!
Friday, May 27, 2011
Sometimes you just never know what your shovel will dig up. Human bones were found on the site of the memorial as the local craftsmen continue work on the base of the memorial, no doubt a reminder of the great work they are doing. 1 more day until the students take off to Qatar then off to Nepal!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
|Kristyn with her poetic models|
Hi my name is Kristyn McKenzie. I am a graduate student studying architecture at Catholic University. Participating in the Spirit of Place class is an experience I have been waiting for throughout my academic architecture career. Finally being able to do so is truly an opportunity of a lifetime especially since it is taking place in Nepal. I feel that seeing the project from the metaphor inspiration stage all the way through to the final reveal and celebration will make me even more proud to be in the field of architecture. I am most looking forward to working with the people from the village and being immersed into their culture. I am very excited to have this opportunity to meet new friends.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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Monday, May 9, 2011
We have less than 30 days before we start construction and we have some great progress taking place. Our Nepal counterparts have finished preparing the stepped footing, lined with gravel made by hand by village women. Next up, setting the rebar and pouring the concrete. They are currently gathering all the concrete materials from all the surrounding villages. On top of that, the village shamans performed a puja for the work and health of all those involved. We're well on our way!