Tag Archives: Didi Contractor

PUBLIC: Remembering Didi Contractor, a Champion of Indigenous Styles in Built Environments

I wrote something for The Wire in memory of Didi Contractor who passed away on 5 July, 2021. Many thanks to Himanshu Burte for his encouragement. Please find the article here.

RESEARCH: DIDI CONTRACTOR RESOURCES

91-year-old environmental designer and builder – Delia (Didi) Narayan Contractor – passed away peacefully at her home on July 5, 2021. I had the privilege of working closely with her as a junior architect for three years from 2011 to 2014 in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. She instilled in me an ethos of critical thinking and […]

Public: Ar. Siddharth Menon

The following interview was featured on 27th July 2015 in http://www.sawdust.online on the challenges of mud architecture in India. When did you build your first earth building, and could you describe some of its features? I built my first earth building at the Auroville Earth Institute (www.earth-auroville.com) in Auroville, Tamil Nadu in 2011. I was training […]

Teaching: Critical Architectural Practice (South Asia)

4th April 2015 Continuing with our series on Indigenous Architecture, we now look at architectural practices in India that are doing some very interesting work within these parameters in the Indian context. This is a personal list of people that have inspired me over the past 5 years. There are architects, engineers, artists, social reformers […]

Public: Design that speaks a meaning

An interview in the The Hindu by Ranjani Govind on October 06, 2013. Builders should avoid using energy-hungry materials and chant the sustainability mantra, young architect Siddharth Menon tells Ranjani Govind When young architect Siddharth Menon came down to Bangalore to address professionals in the field of built expressions, a motley crowd of senior architects, engineers, contractors, […]

Practice: Didi Contractor

From May 2011 to December 2013, I lived, trained, and worked with Didi Contractor in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Didi was instrumental in shaping my ideas about environmental design and for molding me into a critical thinker of the built environment. She gave me a lot of time and energy for which I […]