Tag Archives: Travelling Architect

Praxis: Earth House, Himachal Pradesh

Location: Village Chandpur, Block Baijnath, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh Building Type: Guest House Architect: Siddharth Menon Design Team: Pappu Kumar, Uddham Singh, Pratap Chand, Hansraj, Roshan Lal, Meher Chand, Om Prakash, Deepika Amonkar Castes, Crafts & Communities: Gaddi stone cutters, Chamaar carpenters, Lohaar carpenters, Pandit slate cutters, Thakur-Rana labour, Chowdhury masons, Patiyaal painters, Masand labour […]

Fieldwork: Indigenous Building Practices, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Latitude: 30N; Longitude: 75E Altitude: 250-6975 m Average Annual Rainfall: 1539 mm Average Precipitation Days: 86 Max. Summer Temperature: 34-35 degree Celsius Min. Winter Temperature: 0-3 degree Celsius Languages of Indigenous Craftsmen: Pahadi, Gaddi, Punjabi, Hindi Local Materials: Kacchi inth (Adobe), Gaara (Mud mortar), River stone, Blue gun patthar (Blue sand stone), Baans (Bamboo), Cheer […]

Fieldwork: Indigenous Building Practices, District Koraput, Odisha

Latitude: 18N; Longitude: 82E Altitude: 969 m Average Annual Rainfall: 1567.2 mm No. of Precipitation Days: 84 Max. Summer Temperature: 38-40 degree Celsius Min. Winter Temperature: 10-12 degree Celsius Language of the Indigenous Craftsmen: Odiya, Konda, Poraja, Gadaba, Durua, Hindi Local Materials: Adobe (Sun dried mud brick), Cob (Mud balls), Mud mortar, Laterite stone, Mahua […]

Fieldwork: Chasing Fish-The Bicycle Journey of a Travelling Architect

To follow a narrative of the journey, please visit https://www.facebook.com/SiddharthMenonArchitect/ What? I will be cycling from Mumbai along the western coast of mainland India. The idea is to keep as little distance as possible between myself and the sea by taking internal village roads instead of national and state highways. Why? Explore the stunning western coast of India […]

Talk: Kamla Raheja Memorial Lecture Series 2015 – Exploring Practices

Speaking at the Kamla Raheja Memorial Lecture Series 2015 on ‘The Practice of a Travelling Architect‘. Date: Dec 23 2015 Time: 10.00 am Address: KRVIA, Vidyanidhi Bhavan 2, Vidyanidhi Marg, Off 10Th Road, Jvpd Scheme, Juhu, Mumbai, India    

Public: The Earth House, Himachal Pradesh

This interview was published in October-November 2015 issue of Elle Decor India. Photographs courtesy Sumit Mahar. Details Eco Buzz – Oct-Nov’15.    Walk us through the idea behind Earth Guest House. The Earth House is a 1500 sft. Guest House in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh for a travel company called Linger (www.linger.in). They […]

Public: The Role of a 21st Century Architect in Rural India (2)

The article was published in Domus India, September 2015 edition. Can be downloaded here. Yakshi Inter Generational Learning Centre, Telangana, India Yakshi (http://www.yakshi.org.in) is a Non- Government Organization based in Hyderabad, India. They are a team of indigenous educators, theatre activists, artists, researchers, community organizers and leaders, primarily from adivasi communities who work with adivasi communities in India, […]

Public: An Architecture of the People, by the People, for the People

The following article was published in thewire.in on 29 July 2015 on the trials and tribulations of building in rural Uttar Pradesh. The full article can be accessed here. Building in rural Uttar Pradesh is always a massive challenge. With its feudal backdrop where caste and politics share a powerful relationship, people’s issues and concerns become […]

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: […]