Ecological Interiors: Mud and its many hues; Ar. Siddharth Menon

‘Mud walls once built using un-stabilized mud (without adding any chemical stabilizers like cement) need to be plastered with a mixture of sieved mud, wheat husk or tudi, sand, cow dung orgobur and water to protect it from rain, damage, etc. Since millennia, our forefathers have built their ...
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Compressed Stabilized Earth Block and Rammed Earth for Construction; Hilary D Smith

‘In Auroville, examples of the Earth Institute’s work range from the Visitors’ Center, with its elegant use of arcades and domes, to small dismountable houses, or to multistory apartment complexes such as Vikas and Realization. The high compression achieved with the Auram 3000 press, which can reach to ...
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Learning to build like our ancestors; Ar. Ankit Bansal

Why learning to build like our ancestors is essential for the survival of the planet? Ar. Ankit Bansal, Ankit Bansal Design Studio The world as we know of it today has long history dating from the Palaeolithic Era (“Early Stone Age”) followed by Neolithic Era (“New Stone Age”) where ...
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Redefining the Greys of the Green; Ar. Yatin Pandya

‘Green comes in various shades. It is a phenomenon and not a formula. It is a concept more than a configuration.  As architects we alter the landscape forever and as responsible professional we need to understand and own its consequence. Green has to be our resolve rather than ...
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The fatalism of Architecture or Architecture of Fatalism? Aditi Dora

‘Globalization as omnipresent phenomena has ensured that any glass tower could be picked from one end of the world and transported to the other without any real consequences. Our quest should be to search for architectural identity, and not national identity, to search for style – rather than ...
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Deciphering the D.N.A. of the Vernacular; Ar. Yatin Pandya

Deciphering the D.N.A. of the Vernacular: Vernacular as Alchemy of the Place and its People Ar. Yatin Pandya, Footprints E.A.R.T.H. History vs. Tradition ‘History’ and ‘Tradition’, misconstrued to be synonyms are popularly understood to be of the past – of the bygone era. However, they tend to be ...
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Natural Buildings based on indigenous techniques of India are needed

Natural buildings based on the Indigenous Techniques of India are needed,  Rupali Naik, Partner and Chief Designer, A Design Studio We live in times when sustainability is the magic keyword that is needed across all arenas of life. The generations to come are at a real risk of ...
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Bamboo: Nature’s High Value Construction Material

Every year on the 18th of September, World Bamboo Day is celebrated as an effort to increase awareness about Bamboo globally and I – Muthukrishnan Anand, Green Building Professional, Indian Green Building Council, CII-Hyderabad India take this opportunity to once again bring this product as one of the right choice ...
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Resource-efficient constructions…for a better world

‘Resource-efficient construction means using less material resources to build or renovate or retrofit buildings and infrastructures without compromising on functionality. Whether for a make-over of a building or a new construction, if the constructed area is lesser than the site allotted then the land resources left can be ...
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Managing energy optimization in buildings…for a better world

Energy optimization is all about efficient and optimal use of all the resources available. The complexities of usage pattern make such optimizations difficult to do manually.  Technology comes in handy here to do such optimizations without taking away the conveniences and as technology matures, more such optimizations will ...
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