Space

Ah, there is so much space for the pedestrian to exist here. I love the Boulder bubble. I was listening to an ‘eco-artist’ on the public radio this morning and I like her definition of “a local.” Someone who gives more than takes from her community. And she continued, “If you know the history, ecology…

My (London) Alpine Club Presentation and Gandhi

The light changes slowly this time of year, barely filtering into the flat at 7.30 a.m. Even with the blinds drawn I’m using an artificial light to write. Last night’s event was such an honor! If I had any need to be the center of attention this year, well I’ve filled my quota. I probably…

Namaskaram

That means ‘Hello’ in Malayalam. Today our group of American met with graduate students in architecture and planning at the Trivandrum College of Engineering. We tried to go beyond exchanging hellos. Thankfully, they speak english. I think the students were informed during an exam today that Americans were coming today. And so they spent the…

The Kerala Action Figure Set and Poverty Eradication

Look no further, this action figure set will harnesses the powers of your typical Keralan family to bring you an indestructible combination. Picture the motorcycle, a Hero Honda of course. The father sits proudly, steering his family through daily road perils. A child is seats in front, between his father’s legs, practicing steering. The mother…

Litter: Why?

Is it an infrastructure thing? If trash cans were available on every corner and a pick up service came every week, would it quickly become the social norm for Malayalams to use these bins instead of throwing their trash on the street? What would the marketing and end-user education have to look like for the…

Get Inspired.

While time is always taken for tea, Keralans can really pack a lot into a single day and will expect you to do the same! And so, we experienced a full and inspiring day. We traveled to a newer Laurie Baker Center and learned design principles and the construction technologies in greater depth. The buildings…