On the occasion of the visit by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, New York State, celebrated the local and global achievements of the Druk White Lotus School with an exhibition and a commemorative book titled ˜Building Culture"
In the book, Brian Carter (Professor of Architecture and Dean of the School) states, "This is a school built around an idea that seeks to provide children with appreciations and understandings of the wisdom of the past that are integral with new attitudes and skills for the future â€¦ The school is an outstanding example of a truly sustainable design.
We are deighted to announce the launch of our new website.
The site, built in collaboration with an Electronic Publishing Master’s student from City University, London, aims to bring the school straight to your desktop through the use of media and regular updates direct from Ladakh.
New Features include:
- Up-to-date photo galleries. Find out what the school is really like and how the project is developing.
- An interactive case study section. Listen to a volunteer, recently returned from Ladakh, share his photos and experience of the school with you.
- This news section that delivers all of the latest updates, direct from the school, to your inbox or RSS feed reader (find out more about RSS).
Of course the school still needs your kind support in forms of child sponsorship, donations, funds raised through events such as coffee mornings, running marathons, birthday donations to the school, legacy giving and even your loose change!
New supporters are very welcome so please pass this link to your friends.
Thank you for making a difference and happy browsing at www.dwls.org!
- Read an article about the development of our new website. (Originally published in XCity magazine)
House competitions continue with cricket and football. Each of the five ‘houses’ has a boysâ€™ team and a girlsâ€™ team. There was great excitement when the new tracksuits were delivered, thanks to the generosity of a donor, and now the infants would like some too!
On the 20th May 2007, the school’s launch on the LA scene took place at the Architecture + Design Museum Los Angeles, within its theme of ‘Enlightened Development’.
Bruce McKinlay of Arup and Elizabeth Shanklin of Ogilvy made presentations explaining their firms’ activities at the school in Ladakh; His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa presided, and Donovan kindly serenaded the audience.
The event raised valuable funds towards the school’s 3rd Residence, which must open by November 2007 in order to receive incoming children from remote areas.
This event, organised by Druk Foundation, was made possible by the generosity of the A+D Museum, and corporate sponsors Arup and Ogilvy.
Students from Alton College, England, recently raised and donated Â£1,300 towards a project they will complete at Druk White Lotus School. The World Challenge students will travel to Ladakh and be at the school in mid-July. They will help with implementation of the school’s new landscaping plan by constructing a mudbrick greenhouse and some local terracing. The picture shows group leader, Ivan Bicknell, presenting a cheque to Drukpa Trust’s Annie Smith.
On March 18th 2007, Ushma Vaidya braved the cold spring morning to run in the Ironbridge Half Marathon to raise money for the Druk White Lotus School. Ushma said afterwards: “This was one of the most difficult races that I have ever run. This was due to the poor weather conditions I had to run in. It was hailing, raining and snowing. It was freezing cold with such cold gustily winds that I really can’t believe myself that I finished the race. But I just thought about all those children at Druk White Lotus School and thought I have to do it for them. I would like to go to Ladakh and meet all the children at the school.
International supporters helped to fill eight trunks with children’s books, clothes and other goodies for the school. JetAirways kindly transported the trunks from London to Leh at their own expense, and local JetAirways staff recently handed the trunks over to the School Principal, Maureen Songhurst.
Kontentreal, an American television production company recently created an award winning series of programs about sustainable architecture for the PBS system in the USA. The series was such a success that they were asked to produce a few more episodes - one of these episodes “Druk White Lotus School - Ladakh,” (narrated by Brad Pitt, and directed by Tad Fettig) is receiving its world premiere at a public event sponsored by Autodesk at The Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) in New York at 1PM on December 19th.
The RMA is at:
150 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011