Vernacular eco-architecture – a practical solution for human habitation

Vernacular eco-architecture is much more than merely ‘green’ and charming: It is supremely practical, being the most thoroughly vetted solution for human habitation. It has been proven by enduring the passing of millennia, with the best examples still standing after earthquakes and other assaults of the elements, even when modern concrete structures crumbled. It is not only safer and better for human health than concrete structures, but also more comfortable, more beautiful, more affordable, and also low-maintenance. Not only is there plenty of latitude for creativity and innovation when working with traditional materials and methods, there is room for improvement, with lingering problems to be solved and new possibilities to be discovered. This idea of using tradition as a starting point from which to start a creative journey has inspired artists working in every popular medium for centuries. Few, who have achieved great notoriety in this field are Ar. Chitra Vishwanath, Ar. Trupti Doshi, Ar. Revathi Kamath, Biju Bhaskar, Ar. Yatin Pandya, Dr. Benny Kuriakose, Didi Contractor, Ar. Dharmesh Jadeja, Eugene Pandala, Auroville Earth Institute, Dean D’Cruz, and more.

Stepping back in time, Maharashtra

Green building is the call of mother Earth. It is an approach that emphasize the place of buildings within both local ecosystems

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Conservation of old High Court building of Nagpur planned

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is planning to undertake comprehensive conservation of old High Court building in Nagpur. It may be recalled

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Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh; Ar. Namita Singh

The Tagore Theatre is a cultural landmark. Constructed 50 years ago by Ar. Aditya Prakash, the theatre has served the city for

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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

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Aaron B Schwarz, FAIA, Principal and Executive Director, Perkins Eastman

“Materials and detailing of the materials needs to be influenced by climatic context. Those copying aesthetic trends without recognizing these differences can

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Anthony Raj, Centre for Indigeneous Architecture, Chennai

‘There are millions of families with no roof over their heads, particularly in the slums.  For lack of employments in semiurban and

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Stepping back in time, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Does Vernacular architecture vary from one climatic zone to another?  The answer is a simple Yes. Though Vernacular forms of architecture are

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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

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Ar. Siddharth Menon

‘Earth buildings have existed in India like the rest of the world since ages. Even today one just has to step a

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Contextual design – Need of the hour

Poetry and architecture are similar; in that both need ideating. Both put forth the essence of an IDEA.  While the former needs

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Stepping back in time; Bangalore, Vernacular Architecture

The ‘vernacular’, in India, is carried out, especially in Southern India without the help of architects and professionals. Building activity is regulated

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Stepping back in time, Tamil Nadu; Vernacular Architecture

In the context of Indian cities, what is development? How can architecture be made a sustainable resource, to facilitate development as well

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Stepping back in time, Kerala; Vernacular Architecture

Architecture today is discriminated by cold hard, machine made building materials. Different countries have different approaches to this problem. For ages, men

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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

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Ar. Yatin Pandya, Footprints E.A.R.T.H

‘As architects we are triply responsible. First by putting the manmade on the natural, we are altering the natural landscape and creating

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“Why can’t low be beautiful”… Ar. Prem Nath, Prem Nath & Associates

“Why can’t low be beautiful”… For an architect or even layman for that sustainability is all about local materials, self-sustaining environment protecting construction techniques,

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4 interesting facts about Frank Llyod Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Frank Lloyd Wright is often recognized as the greatest architect in American history. His Fallingwater and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum are ingrained in the

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Stepping back in time; New Delhi, Vernacular Architecture

Different cultures and sub cultures coexist in our country with consequent need for different housing and settlement pattern. British hegemony tended to impose

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Architecture sensitised to the local conditions in postcolonial India

History of the Indian architecture has varied over the course of time.Does the architecture respect the character of the surroundings in which

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Stepping back in time; Ahmedabad, Vernacular Architecture

Vernacular architecture can be defined as structures built by an ethnic community belonging to a specific region; structure that takes into consideration

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Ar. Prem Nath, Prem Nath & Associates

“Urbanization & Vertical living has become future of building. We can’t afford sacrifice on agricultural land, we need to use limited land.

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Architecture of purpose

Design is a reflection of the culture architects create. In the haze of ‘isms’, the mania of the virtual and a landscape

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Nextech Technology Park: T-Tech IT Park, i NCR; Ar. Prem Nath

Anant Raj Group, Delhi – a group established in 1969, owning to its credit landmark projects created through 3 decades of trust

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Sangath, Ahmedabad; Balkrishna Doshi

Balkrishna Doshi’s own studio, Sangath, features a series of sunken vaults sheathed in china mosaic as well as a small grassy terraced

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, United States; Frank Lloyd Wright

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum was Wright’s first project in New York City. The project is well known for its spiral core

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Villa Tugendhat, Brno, Czech Republic; Mies van der Rohe

The Villa Tugendhat was commissioned by the wealthy newlyweds Grete & Fritz Tugendhat, a Jewish couple with family money from textile manufacturing

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Barcelona Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain; Mies van der Rohe

As part of the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona Spain, the Barcelona Pavilion, designed by Mies van der Rohe, was the display

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