2009 / RESEARCH / DOCUMENTATION
As part of the second year academic trip, the class studied the village of Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh, declared a Model Heritage Tourist Village by the Government of India. Smaller groups studied individual neighbourhoods and documented them via drawings. The body of work was collated in the form of a Class Project Book.
The village was interesting to look at because of its rich historical context and its position as a tourist destination. This was constantly juxtaposed with the “modern” way of contemporary living and the supposed superiority of the “city.” We documented the traditional wood and stone architecture as well as new construction made of cement and concrete.