Live to Learn

Live to Love provides cutting-edge education deeply rooted in Himalayan culture which inspires the next generation to act as guardians of their culture, their home and their environment. Our goal is to provide children with an appreciation of their culture while providing them with the skill set to further the economies of the region. Our school puts particular emphasis on educating young girls and empowering them with the confidence and competence to take leadership roles.

Live to Love brings technology coupled with ancient philosophies to tackle modern environmental issues and address educational needs. We work with educators, engineers, civic leaders, families, students and architects from around the world to best serve the Himalayas.

While integrating some of the most advance ecological technology, the design team integrated local building techniques respecting the design of the region as well as respecting the natural landscape. 

 

CHAKCHEN LING SCHOOL

Located in Nangchen, formerly one of the give independent kingdoms of Eastern Tibet, the Chakchen Ling School is nestled in a renowned cultural site and act as a beacon of hope and recovery. In 2010, this region suffered a 7.1 magnitude earthquake injuring over 12,000 people and killing nearly 300 others. The quake demolished 11 crucial schools across the region, leaving thousands without access to education. The Chakchen Ling School is a sustainable, ecological and compassionate solution for an entire generation alienated by this catastrophic disaster.

300 students are currently enrolled in its existing structure, with thousands of prospective students on the waiting list. The long-term vision is to accommodate 10,000 students in the next ten years, making it one of the largest educational institutions in the Chinese Himalayas – and the greenest instituation available.

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DRUK PADMA KARPO SCHOOL

Located in Ladakh in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, is an example of sustainable design. The school serves as an international model of green education and a model of a Montessori curriculum.

The school’s mission is to provide an effective modern education while maintaining the traditional values and culture –an unprecedented project for the Ladakh region. The Druk White Lotus School is deeply rooted in traditional values while utilizing modern technology to help revive an economically depressed region and to empower young women. In seeking to advance those values and preserve culture in the context of the twenty-first century, the Druk Padma Karpo School seeks to provide children of the next generation with appreciation of their culture while providing them with the skill set to further the economies of their region and the skill set to solve today’s modern problems. 

HEMIS ADULT SCHOOL

Hemis is the most-visited monastic site in Ladakh, India. Hemis has, over the centuries, become regarded as a unique “living museum” of Himalayan culture visited by tens of thousands of locals and foreigners each year. Preservation efforts at Hemis are currently underway –along with an extensive educational complex for adult students.

The new education building will incorporate the principles of sustainable development, utilizing local aesthetics and materials in a modern design. Based on the maximization of sun light at certain times of day, the building will be nestled into a hillside to both insulate and cool in relation to the extreme weather conditions of the area. Because it is in a relative remote area of India, the project is geared towards providing practical education to those who did not have the opportunity to be educated or have access to education at a younger age.

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The design of Druk Padma Karpo School integrates both modern technology and ancient local building techniques. The Druk White Lotus School was constructed not only as a model for appropriate and sustainable design but it was also built to serve as a learning tool for the students. This school was conceived as an entirely sustainable project. The ecological context is fragile, and consequently the site strategy aims to ensure a completely self-regulating system of water, energy and waste management.

While integrating some of the most advance ecological technology, the design team integrated local building techniques respecting the design of the region as well as respecting the natural landscape. 

The Druk Padma Karpo Schools has been the subject of numerous publications, accolades and distinctions:

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  • Recipient, 2002 World Architecture Award –Best Green Building
  • Recipient, 2002 World Architecture Award –Best Education Building
  • Recipient, 2002 World Architecture Award –Best Building in Asia
  • Recipient, 2003 BCCB Award for International Expertise
  • Recipient, 2005 Sinclair Knight Merz Award for Achievement in Development
  • Featured project of e^2 documentary series (PBS) on cutting-edge green
    architecture, produced by KontentReal and narrated by actor Brad Pitt
  • Subject of a series of Cisco Systems commercials, highlighting interactive
    education technologies
  • eatured in India’s highest-grossing blockbuster film of 2009, Three Idiots

 

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