A Plan for Paradise
Build a city for 600,000 inhabitants in a valley outside Kathmandu. ‘We can do that,’ said the Finnish architecture firm Helin&Co. After winning the competition, the architects set to work. What follows is a culture clash between an organized, Western way of thinking and small-scale traditional life in Nepal. In sometimes hilarious fashion the film exposes the deep-rooted differences between the two worlds and shows the persistent efforts of the Finnish architects to create order in the apparent chaos of a misunderstood culture. ‘Look, that’s how we work with wood here,’ says one of the architects as he shows a Nepalese delegation around in Finland. ‘And we want to do the same in Nepal.’ The Nepalese nod politely, but know enough.