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Approach to sustainable architecture through Vernacular practices A case study of dwelling in village of Madhya Pradesh and Gujrat


Ar. Tanima Shrivastava , Amity University, Gwalior; Ashish Choudhary, MITS, Gwalior


Vernacular Architecture, Rural Conservation, Adaptation, Rural Practices


India is well known worldwide for its vivid culture, it is a matter of fact that this is because of all rich villages and sub-urban areas that differentiate one culture from another. Every city that is developed look same, with same form of architecture, tall buildings, broad-acre, roads full of vehicles, polluted, full with glare of city-lights and industries on outskirts. On the other hand, it’s all different and pleasing in villages. Every capitalist and planner in order to expand cities, is capturing and merging villages into cities. This happens majorly with the villages close to cities, national highways, state highways and air ports. Gradually the village turns into suburb then eventually it becomes part of that city. The place which was once a pleasant and silent, turns into a place full of honking, smokes, dust, waste etc. This paper is a part of research that is been carried on concern of conservation of villages. What is village conservation? In this scenario in which cities are engulfing up nearby villages and making them a part of itself, we really need to preserve village and elements of it. Which were once identity of our country. Agriculture and dairy were, what our country used to rely on for everything. When it comes, the discussion of global climate change, every Indian factor behind it is related to cities and urban areas but not villages. May it be CFCs or may it be chemicals polluting rivers. What makes villages so pleasant? Why people living in villages don not need conditioned air? How they are really adapted to the climate over there? This paper boldly deals with the study of practices of villages in India, which are adaptable for people living in urban areas to deal with many problems regarding sustainability. The aim is to come up with a model of approach for architects to include vernacular architecture in urban construction practices with acceptance of urbane client. Also some design examples are given to support the model.

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Paper ID: IJSRDV4I30590
Published in: Volume : 4, Issue : 3
Publication Date: 01/06/2016
Page(s): 956-960

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