Category Archives: Sustainability

Architecture is mostly Common Sense – Laurie Baker

Laurence Wilfred “Laurie” Baker, born on  2 March 1917 , a British by birth was a practising Indian architect, renowned for his initiatives in cost-effective energy-efficient architecture and designs that maximized space, ventilation and light and maintained an uncluttered yet striking aesthetic sensibility. He effectively combined  traditional techniques, with indigenous innovations to bring down the cost of construction dramatically. Baker studied architecture in Birmingham Institute of Art and Design  and graduated in 1937, at the age of 20 and became an Associate Member of the Royal Institute of Architects…

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Designing to make a difference -Nupur Prothi Khanna

“Designing to make a difference” is the key dictum to every design approach that Nupur Prothi Khanna develops. More often than not, landscape architecture is viewed as an add-on, or an adornment to built spaces. Its significance is undermined by the fact that it is invariably the last thing to arrive at site. Ironically though, Nupur states that it also makes the first impression! Nupur’s education in Physical Planning, Landscape Architecture and Heritage conservation has brought with it the realization that an important precursor to design…

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PowerHouse – A house that earns, and perhaps sends Priya to school

“I want to go to school”, said Priya to her mother, who was drying out the clothes and looked back at her in dismay. A family of 4, with 2 children, of which Priya was the older, was not sent to school for lack of funds and the need to supplement the family income, which was partly from cleaning houses and cultivating fields besides other odd jobs done by her father. “The soul of India, lives in its villages”, claimed Mahatma Gandhi in the 20th…

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