Eco Town: Building community in Ulaanbaatar’s outskirts

Ecotown On a hillside overlooking the western end of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, rests Eco Town, a community served by an organization that is trying to improve life in the city’s unplanned settlements known as ger districts. Eco Town is the name of an NGO run by Odgerel Gansukh, a man who has a vision of community … Continue reading Eco Town: Building community in Ulaanbaatar’s outskirts

“Thirty Minutes, Three Temples!” A visit to the Choijin Lama Temple Museum in Ulaanbaatar

This post is mostly going to be photos. I finally made it to the Choijin Lama Temple Museum yesterday. Emma and I had tried to go together last spring, but it was closed, and then we ran out of time. So it was near the top of my list for this quick trip back to … Continue reading “Thirty Minutes, Three Temples!” A visit to the Choijin Lama Temple Museum in Ulaanbaatar

Making the invisible visible: Building a network of mobile air pollution sensors for Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar on October 8, 2018, with pollution haze visible. The worst pollution, though, is what you don't see. One of my main interests in Mongolia has been the air pollution, and I’ve been talking to different people about the problem and their solutions for it. I had a chance to tour Froit VanderHarst’s energy efficient … Continue reading Making the invisible visible: Building a network of mobile air pollution sensors for Mongolia

GerHub: “Common Problems, Uncommon Solutions”

Urban UB with ger areas stretching up on the surrounding hillsides Shortly before I left Mongolia last June, I had the opportunity to meet with Enkhjin Batjargal, the CEO of GerHub, in their offices in Club Coworking, a shared workspace on the 13th floor of the ICC Tower in downtown Ulaanbaatar. The nongovernmental organization (NGO) … Continue reading GerHub: “Common Problems, Uncommon Solutions”