Indian Finalists At World Congress On Earthen Architecture

Every four years The World Congress on Earthen Architecture takes place to acknowledge, discuss and share learning on earthen architecture

Currently taking place in Lyon, France, it is an exciting moment for India and especially the students of SECMOL, Ladakh, because they are among 40 finalists among hundreds of entries.

The Congress being held between 11th and 14th July, has over 1,000 experts gathered and will declare winners in 6 categories on the 14th July, 2016. It is organised by Craterre under the aegis of the ISCEAH Committee of ICOMOS international, in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Earthen Architecture Programme (WHEAP). The 2016 edition will focus mainly on issues dealing with sustainable development, particularly in urban areas.

Sonam Wangchuk

Sonam Wangchuk

Innovato Sonam Wangchuk, an engineer who conceived the school SECMOL as an alternative learning institute for students, is attending the Congress. The Big Building’ of the SECMOL Campus has been built using Earth Architecture and conforms to scientific principles to ensure its sturdiness while being eco-friendly. It also stands out because of its minimal dependence on electricity or fuel.

The institute was built with the help of students and well-wishers and is a model campus for multiple reasons.

Very recently, Sonam Wangchuk was invited to the Swiss Alps to share his design on Ice Stupas, which are ice structures to conserve water until the summer months. India wishes TEAM INDIA, students of SECMOL and Sonam Wangchuk for July 14th!!

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Suhana Bhatia