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  • mongolia_Art

    ArtSubscription

    Archive31 January, 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).

  • mongolia_A Friday

    A Friday - 5 January 2008Subscription

    Archive31 January, 2008

    Yesterday seemed a relatively effective workday, two out of four planned meetings eventuated.

  • mongolia_New Year

    New Year - Shin JilSubscription

    Archive31 January, 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 2007Subscription

    Archive30 December, 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 2007Subscription

    Archive30 December, 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 2007Subscription

    Archive30 December, 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.

  • mongolia_greg_cowan

    Teacher trainingSubscription

    Archive11 December, 2007

    Encouragingly, I discovered some staff had been researching teaching materials using techniques from the first CPD seminar.

  • Diana school Ulan Ba

    Wheelchair users' city tour - 4 December 2007Subscription

    Archive11 December, 2007

    Yesterday was International Disability Day. I took part in a well-planned campaign by the Mongolian Wheelchair Users Association.

  • Mongolia MUST

    University visit - 29 November 2007Subscription

    Archive29 November, 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, ...

  • mongolia hospitals and air con

    What is aircon? - 20 November 2007Subscription

    Archive29 November, 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.

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