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Architects Journal
Gregory Cowan

  • Art

    31-Jan-2008

    Blue Sun contemporary art group featured in two new exhibitions last week. Hearing of their plans to establish an artists colony an hour from the capital, and knowing of their interest in showing the work of Ana Rewakowicz, I went to Xanadu Gallery on Thursday evening to meet Dalkhaa (Yondonjunain Dalkh-Ochir).
  • A Friday - 5 January 2008

    31-Jan-2008

    Yesterday seemed a relatively effective workday, two out of four planned meetings eventuated.
  • New Year - Shin Jil

    31-Jan-2008

    I finally understood what all the palaver had been about, with teachers reportedly rehearsing routines until 11pm at night etc., when I attended the college New Years party, which featured speeches, several performances, four or five costume changes and elaborate evening dress.
  • Merry Christmas - 24 December 2007

    30-Dec-2007

    For the last few years in London, I have been volunteering at my local section of Crisis Open Christmas, that great institution which shelters and entertains thousands of homeless people every year. I was wondering what to do now that I am a full time volunteer in Mongolia, and with so many homeless people in Ulaanbaatar.
  • Participation and access - 12 December 2007

    30-Dec-2007

    An ongoing aim of the work here is to fight disadvantage and to increase accessibility of existing resources. I believe making buildings more physically accessible is therefore instrumental.
  • Ger district architecture - 10 December 2007

    30-Dec-2007

    Ulaanbaatar is increasingly comprised of and surrounded by ger districts (Mongolian tent dwelling districts), the informal architecture of encampments claimed by Mongolians under their traditional right to nomadically and temporarily settle on their land, in this case close to the capital.
  • Teacher training

    11-Dec-2007

    Encouragingly, I discovered some staff had been researching teaching materials using techniques from the first CPD seminar.
  • Wheelchair users' city tour - 4 December 2007

    11-Dec-2007

    Yesterday was International Disability Day. I took part in a well-planned campaign by the Mongolian Wheelchair Users Association.
  • University visit - 29 November 2007

    29-Nov-2007

    A visit to the Mongolian University of Science and Technology has been on my agenda since my departure, and yesterday I met with Purev-Erdene Ershuu, architect and lecturer at the Centre for Architectural Research and Design at this university. The meeting had taken several weeks to organise, with much help from Munkhzhul Choiljiljav, former London Metropolitan University architecture student and AA school applicant. With both Munkhzhul and my CTC interpreter Ariunaa in my entourage, ...
  • What is aircon? - 20 November 2007

    29-Nov-2007

    At the top-level architecture studio lesson on Monday, I used the available teaching technology (paper on blackboard) to explain the principles of hospital planning, including workflow diagramming and functional relationship diagramming.
  • Teaching techniques and a severed desk - 18 November 2007

    29-Nov-2007

    After two postponements due to intervening staff meetings and off site meetings, I finally held the training session entitled 'How to find construction teaching materials on the internet' on Friday afternoon.
  • Lament - 11 November 2007

    13-Nov-2007

    I have had some interesting meetings this past week.
  • Hunger - 11 November 2007

    13-Nov-2007

    The rather dusty and slightly drowsy looking fellow sitting next to me turned, extended his hand, and said in clear English 'I am hungry'.
  • Nombiin San library - 9 October 2007

    23-Oct-2007

    The library in this two-year old school is relatively newly established, but part of the problem is the lack of available literature.
  • Monday it is - 24 September 2007

    23-Oct-2007

    The final day of the Mongolian Language course last Friday was celebrated with horse riding, eating delicious xor-hok and drinking sou-tei tsai in gers with local students at a camp in Madriin Tokhoi, and it was with aching legs that I presented myself for work at Bariilgiin Tekhnologiin Kolleg today.
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