Balancing between old and new
Everywhere in the world, old is giving way to the new and this is happening in Bhutan too. The Dragon Kingdom successfully preserved its traditions and culture for centuries. But it is now opening up to the world. And modernity has its own price. So instead of lamenting the fact that traditional architecture is fast disappearing from the cities of Bhutan, there is a need to understand the ground realities. The people of Bhutan need modern residential facilities. The need for residential complexes with all the modern accessories becomes even more important if one takes into account the growing number of tourists who are visiting Bhutan.
Therefore, to save the historical architecture and to find a solution to the country’s growing need for new residential blocks, the government of Bhutan should mark the buildings according to their historical and religious importance. All those buildings that have any kind of significance should be preserved while the rest should be demolished to build new structure. This can keep both the traditionalists as well as the modernists happy.