India Today holds its head high as it figures amongst one of the winners of the International Terra Award Trophy at the 12th World Congress on Earthen Architecture in Lyon France and the credit for this goes to Indian innovator and founder of the school SECMOL, Sonam Wangchuk. The results were declared on July 14, 2016.
Every four years The World Congress on Earthen Architecture takes place to acknowledge, discuss and share learning on earthen architecture. The 2016 edition focused mainly on issues dealing with sustainable development, particularly in urban areas.
Wangchuk has conceived the school SECMOL in Ladakh as an alternative learning institute for students.The institute was built with the help of students and well-wishers and is a model campus for multiple reasons. 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. Sonam Wangchuk shared the happy news on social media, saying:”AND FINALLY…!Yes! We are one of the winners of the International Terra Award Trophy! At the 12th World Congress on Earthen Architecture in Lyon France, 9 winners were announced, out of the 40 finalists selected from 250+ contestants coming from all continents of the world. I consider this an honour for the country, and a celebration of Ladakh’s rich tradition in earth architecture in particular. I congratulate every Ladakhi, and thank all the present and former students, campers, volunteers and members of SECMOL who were involved in building up the Campus.”
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.