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Gabriel Arboleda - Edited by Jennifer Rulf
November 15, 2008
The Lord of the Skies
A long, long time ago there was a monkey who wanted to be the Lord of the Skies. He thought he deserved it, as he was not an ordinary monkey. He had been born out of a stone egg no bird had ever laid. The egg simply appeared in the middle of the grass, cracked suddenly and let the monkey out.

The animal, made out of a finely polished stone, thought very highly of himself. Other monkeys of the mountain asked him to be their king, but more than anything he wanted to rule over the skies. He decided to learn the most precious tricks from a master magician, so he could be more suitable for this high position.

He learned how to cover infinite distances in just one jump, and was, because of that, very confident when he met Buddha. The Enlightened One promised the monkey that he would indeed be the Lord, if he managed to jump out of His hand.

The monkey jumped, and jumped, and jumped, until reaching the very limits of earth. Right at the earth's edge he saw five red columns separating all that exists from the nothingness. The monkey decided to make a scratch on one of those columns, as a proof that he had actually reached that point.

Upon his return to the hand, the Buddha showed the scratch on His finger, indicating to the monkey that he had not even started jumping. The red columns were in fact the Buddha's fingers. It does not matter how far you can get, you will always be within the reach of His hand...
"Architecture is more than just the development of products for a market. It is about space and place, home and community, body and memory, earth and sky.
It is for people, for their whole lives..." - C. Davies.
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Traditional architecture in the era of the Web 2.0. An Internet database of traditional buildings.
January 26, 2007
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Two contrasting (or complementary?)
structures near Bangkok's Chinatown.
Abstract of's official introduction at the Tenth Conference of IASTE in Bangkok.
An excerpt: This paper introduces and further discusses an initiative to use tools common to what is called "Web 2.0"—those known as weblogs, wikis, commenting, tagging and others—in order to compile, in a participatory way, information on traditional architecture that is either scattered online, published in hard-to-access printed sources, or remains unpublished. The database, available at, is designed to be expanded by the users and freely accessible by researchers, the general public and communities it compiles data about. Read this article
"Ethnoarch Presents" features articles on the topic of traditional, vernacular and ethno architectures. Click here to see all the articles published so far.
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July 15, 2008 Journal

“Sustainability” and Indigenous Building – Submitting a Paper
On a paper submission for the IASTE 20th anniversary conference. Click here to read
"Released by" showcases personal - professional notes related to Ethnoarch webmaster's current work. Click here to see all the notes published so far.

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