Contemporary Tibetan Architecture in China and the Diaspora
For his graduation project at the faculty of Architecture and the Build Environment Jakob went to India and China to compare the development of Tibetan architecture in both of the countries. The trip to the Tibetan Diaspora in India and the Tibet Cultural Region in China turned out to be essential for the understanding of the recent developments within Tibetan architecture. His observation stands in contrast to the global trend, where internationalization and globalization tendentially stimulate a loss of local vernacular building culture. Jakob could find evidence for his assumption that the lack of cultural sensibility within the master-planned settlements in the Tibetan Diaspora in India actually causes social problems, particularly concerning the facilitation of traditional Tibetan Buddhist practices such as circumambulation or meditation.