Fixing old houses on Himalaya

Fixing old houses on Himalaya

German architect Andre Alexander has been restoring old buildings in the Tibetan capital Lhasa for 15 years now. Over the past few years he has extended his work to Leh. Ravleen Kaur caught up with him over a cup of chhaang (barley wine) at a party where the artisans celebrated the last day of the work season before parting for the winter break. Excerpts:

Meinhard Von Gerkan on GMP's entry into India

Meinhard Von Gerkan on GMP's entry into India

Meinhard Von Gerkan, a partner in the German architectural firm GMP, was in Delhi recently to prospect for ventures in India, particularly in light of the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi. He speaks to Kaushik Das Gupta

Homing in on tradition

Homing in on tradition

Traditional models of architecture, especially for mass housing purposes, may yet be resurrected

Trends in high places

Trends in high places

Traditional timber-and-slate houses vs a neo-concrete nightmare in a Himachal village

Out in the cold

Out in the cold

It is possible to design buildings that stay cool in summer and warm in winter and save energy. But interest in solar passive architecture is still limited

Cooling tactics

Cooling tactics

Water body and trees around the building provide cooling effect

Fixing old houses on Himalaya

Fixing old houses on Himalaya

German architect Andre Alexander has been restoring old buildings in the Tibetan capital Lhasa for 15 years now. Over the past few years he has extended his work to Leh. Ravleen Kaur caught up with him over a cup of chhaang (barley wine) at a party where the artisans celebrated the last day of the work season before parting for the winter break. Excerpts:

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