A Sustainable Island Community:  Mexcaltitlan

A Sustainable Island Community: Mexcaltitlan

The island of Mexcalatitlan de Uribe is known as the Mexican Venice. It traces its origin to the Aztlans of the Aztecs. Its round shape reflects their belief in moon worship, while its colorful houses and legendary history point to the birthplace of Mexico in 1,091 AD. This sustainable island community is full of adventure, ancient history, traditional culture, exotic wildlife and delicious food. Continue reading A Sustainable Island Community: Mexcaltitlan

Dholavira: The Rise and Fall of a Harrapan City

Dholavira: The Rise and Fall of a Harrapan City

The Harrapan city of Dholavira flourished for 1,200 years (3,000 BCE-1,800 BCE) as an important outpost of the Indus Valley civilization. Eventually, it succumbed to climate change and the shifting of rivers away from its shores. It lay buried for several millennia before being rediscovered in 1956. Dholavira is unique among Harrapan cities due to its elaborate water storage and distribution systems, well-organized town planning and sophisticated construction methods. Continue reading Dholavira: The Rise and Fall of a Harrapan City

Buddhist Architecture of Borobudur, Indonesia

Buddhist Architecture of Borobudur, Indonesia

The Buddhist Architecture of Borobudur displays how an ancient Mandala diagram can evolve into a three-dimensional work of architecture. In order to experience this transformation your journey begins at the foot of the stepped pyramid and takes you on a magical ride through countless Buddha statues in deep mediation overlooking the scenic landscape. Continue reading Buddhist Architecture of Borobudur, Indonesia

A Glimpse of Modern Architecture: Panch Mahal, India

A Glimpse of Modern Architecture: Panch Mahal, India

Panch Mahal at Fatehpur Sikri In India was built in the sixteenth century by Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is the earliest known example of a multistory frame structure akin to Le Corbusier’s Maison Dom-Ino designed in 1914–1915. Architect Le Corbusier is known as the father of modern architecture, however, Panch Mahal offered a glimpse of modern architecture before its time. Continue reading A Glimpse of Modern Architecture: Panch Mahal, India