Tag Archives: Earth

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 […]

Teaching: Critical Architectural Practice (Other Regions)

April 25th 2015 As part of our series on the studies of indigenous architecture and its contemporary applications around the world, we look at a list architects working in this field. A lot of times, the study of the various facets of indigenous architecture tends to remain just that- a study. It remains confined and […]

Public: Regional Dialect-Yakshi Learning Centre, Telangana

The following article was published in the June-July 2015 Edition of Architecture Update India elaborating on the design and construction of the Yakshi Learning Centre in District Medak, Telangana, India. The complete article can be viewed at http://architectureupdate.in/projects/regional-dialect/ Yakshi is a Non- Government Organization based in Hyderabad. Their work focuses primarily on the issues of health, […]

Public: It’s not about mud: Indigenous Building Systems of India (3)

The Following article was published in the June 2015 Edition of Domus India, documenting the building traditions and systems of 5 different rural regions of the country. The full PDF of the same can be downloaded here. Also can be found at  http://www.domusweb.it/en/local-editions/2015/06/15/india.html 4. District Birbhum, West Bengal Latitude: 23.91N; Longitude: 87.53E Height Above Mean Sea Level: […]

Public: It’s Not About Mud: Indigenous Building Systems of India (2)

The Following article was published in the June 2015 Edition of Domus India, documenting the building traditions and systems of 5 different rural regions of the country. The full PDF of the same can be downloaded here. Also can be found at  http://www.domusweb.it/en/local-editions/2015/06/15/india.html 2. District Tumkur, Karnataka Latitude: 13.34N; Longitude: 77.10E Height Above Mean Sea Level: 894.6 […]

Public: The polyphonic perils of finishing-The Architect as a Maestro

The article was published in the School of Environment and Architecture News Letter 2016. Can be downloaded here. The final phase of any construction activity is the finishing of a built space. It is arguably the most crucial stage of a building process as this is what sets the final image of a building. All […]

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 […]