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Application Number 0000801664
Author Chen, Shengze , China
Coauthors Sun, Delong , China
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Work title: 0000801664-Religious Border (0000801664)

From Political Border Confrontation to Religious Border Fusion via Religion-based City Conflicts to face with Religious Immigration, Sovereignty Dispute Context Due to political factors, especially the territorial sovereignty dispute between India and China,Dalai Lama established an exiled government with the help of the India government decades ago. As a result, a large number of lamas and believers flushed across the political border to follow him, which is still ongoing now, however, Dharmsala’s expected affluent life was just fantasy. Dalai Lama failed to keep his promise to offer these followers a better life. Worse still, the Himalayan Mountain also proved to be huge barrier for the pilgrimage and the "trip home" can never be achieved. However, the strong will to come back is and will never be cleared away. They are dreaming to be back to their true Holy City – Lhasa. Concept Our intention is to provide all these Tibetan immigrants one centralized Tibetan city, where neither China nor India would intervene they from temporarily staying and meeting families, and where along the frontiers between China and India absolute space and facilities can be provided for them to live together. The political confronting border then is to become blurred inhabitancy region. The McMahon Line Dispute Region has been a point of conflict between the two countries for decades. It is actually controlled by Indian army nowadays. This special and hypersensitive region provides the chance to build up a new religious city for all the Tibetan. Religion Community This Tibetan residence region, named religious ring, is supposed to be centripetal, encompassed and isolated away from local Indian. A Lamaism temple locates in the center of all the rings. Religious ceremonies happen around these rings and believers are leaded to the central temple by the connected routes. Sustainable City We propose to use the substantive valleys among mountains in the dispute region. Buildings are aerial for the protection of environment and use of wind power and hydropower. This multi-functional Religious Ring contains rooms and space for supposed programs such as residence, education, chapel, hotel, market and farming.