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Eco-Community Centre in Spiti Valley

In 2012, the Auroville Earth Institute took on a project to design and build a community centre in the remote Himalayan town of Kaza, 3600M Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh.  Designed by the Institute’s team of architects, the ground floor will include a village hall, a optical clinic, a centre for indigenous craft, a library, and…

October 2, 2013
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Concrete vs. Earth in the Spiti Valley

Kaza is a remote mountain town – at 3,650 meters and 10 hours off-road from Manali – which demonstrates the complexity of modern and traditional ways of living and building in the Himalayas. The harsh conditions of Kaza include lows of -35˚ C and as much as 2 meters of snowfall during the winter season,…

October 2, 2013
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Good harvest

Jeet in Spiti says the barley harvest has been great this year. The weather is lovely blue sky – bright sunshine.  The work is now over and its party time, weddings, birthdays, and a time for celebration before the winter sets in.

October 18, 2011
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Water pump in Mane village

Our Water Pump  Project is going well. Now that the harvest is over the villagers  of Upper Mane are working to finish digging the trench for the water pipes before the land freezes for winter.  This covers a distance of 320 meters up a steep hill. We hope this will ease the water collection in…

September 13, 2011
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Spiti Visit

We are just back from Spiti, the roads at the Rhotang Pass are still bad. Spiti Projects were fortunate to have the Hertfordshire & Essex High School helping with our Water Pump Project in Upper Mane village. The students came for a week and were fantastic, they dug 4ft deep trenches for the water pipes…

August 2, 2011
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Water Pump

I’m all packed and heading off to Spiti tmrw to start a new project in Upper Mani Village, to install a water pump for the people of the village. We are hoping for blue skies and clear roads. We are also very excited to be working with the students from the Hertfordshire and Essex High…

July 5, 2011
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Snowing in Spiti

I spoke to a friend in Kaza today, it was snowing at the time. This has upset the farmers as they are preparing the land to plant peas, their mail cash crop.Chairman of Spiti Projects is about to travel to Kaza to plan our summer projects.  An architect wiil accompany her with a view of…

April 12, 2011
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Moments of sunshine

We are currently planning Spiti Project’s calendar for the year and the sunshine has me thinking of warm summer nights. Spiti Project’s is hosting an evening with William Dalrymple at the Royal Geographic Society on June 20th 2011. Supported by Global Enduro the evening plans to be full of surprises. To avoid disappointment please book…

February 1, 2011
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The Losar festival has just been celebrated in Spiti, this is the Tibetan New Year festival which is held in November so that the royal families of Ladak and Spiti can be together before the high mountain passes close for the winter. This year  has been very frugal for the inhabitants of the Spiti Valley…

December 17, 2010
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