Hope you are doing well. As you know, CapAsia IV students helped begin rebuilding a tsunami-hit village in Sri Lanka last year. CapAsia got huge publicity in a number of local, national, and international publications. See http://capasia.net/iv/stories.htm As participants of first south Asia field studies, PolyArk XIV and XV (also CapAsia I and II), you guys were the dreamers –in a good way-- of this field study. It is a unique field study that no one in the USA offers. Now many otheres follow your footsteps; Wes and I have kept that tradition going.
We did a nice double-session on CapAsia at the ACSP regional conference held at BSU. Eric Davenport, Lynette Boswell, Nishit Somaya, and Don Treese talked about their CapAsia experience. Faculty from UW Milwaukee and U of Michigan, as well the Provost and the Asst. Provost of BSU talked about CapAsia. There are many graduate students from India and Nepal in both architecture and planning.
Remember Angie Furore and Carryn Peirce (Sami) received thesis awards? Last year, Claudia Canepa of MIT, a CapAsia III participant, received a national award –Don Schon Award-- for her master’s thesis completed on a subject that she began investigating during CapAsia, in Delhi. Gardner Smith of CapAsia III received a Fulbright to go back to India. Lynette completed a master's at the University of Michigan and is now a Fellow of the Genesee Institute. Josh Deyer is applying for grad school at U Penn and Columbia. In order to share our experience I have created this blog.
Enjoy the blog-space and keep everyone informed of what you are up to. Also get to know the younger CapAsians who are foloowing your footsteps.