What If? – A walk down bygone intangibles

Returning to my hometown of Bhubaneswar after any given length of time is an interesting experience. It has always been a tug of war between my inbuilt nostalgia and the harsher reality. Walking down the streets of the Old Town was no different this time around and it threw up some tricky conundrums to ponder…

THE “GATEWAY TOWN” EXPEDITION

The geography of Dharwad earned the city its name “the gateway town”, derived from the Sanskrit word ‘dwarawata’; ‘dwara’ meaning door and ‘wata’ meaning town. The hilly city acts as a passageway between the Malenadu (western mountains) and the Bayalu seeme (plains) which made it an ideal site for defense and a nodal trade point…

THE MAKING OF AN EARTH OVEN

A few months ago, we got down to building an oven, and thus, Gaia, the earth oven came into existence. Here’s how we went about it. Deciding the Location The location of the oven is important, as it needs sufficient ‘breathing space’ around it. Once the earth oven is put to use, it reaches high…

Scraffiti – Graffiti in mud

  Somewhere in the midst of the Algerian desert an old man sits carefully re-decorating his village house. Like every other year he moulds the soil in his hands and skilfully applies it to the wall. Patiently applying layer over layer, for the final touch he takes his carving tool and skilfully starts to carve…

Weaved In Soil

What happens when an architect who doodles comes for our mud workshops? A wonderful rendition of what went down, of course!! Read on to see Ar. Noorain Ahmed’s version of our wattle and daub panel.

JOURNEY FROM A BOTTLE, TO WALL ART

DISCLAIMER: This is a loose re-telling of the real life events of a bottle, that turned into a wall. REAL LOOSE.HOW IT ALL BEGAN The journey began with the simple idea of collecting used old glass bottles and turning them into economical building materials. IN THE LABORATORY Several combinations of soil, quarry dust, hay and…

A peek into the future of earthen architecture

Ever since the Neolithic period,mud has been an important building material. Looking at more recent times, most of our ancestral homes were either partly or entirely built out of Mud. Even today one third of human-kind live in earthen homes. This brings us to wonder how mud will transform itself in the future… Welcome to…

A Fun Filled Interaction With Heritage

“If we know where we came from, we may better know where to go. If we know who we came from, we may better understand who we are.” Heritage of things can be prescribed in tangible and intangible aspects of a community, its traditions and spaces. Sometimes it can be as simple as a tree…

Reliving the past through an act of today

“The defaced ruins of architecture, like the wrinkles of frailty on a once beautiful woman, only makes one regret that one did not only see them when they were enchanting” Heritage belongs to its people. It goes beyond the narrow borders of nationality and instils pride. It relates to one’s surroundings and brings out a…

The Chinese Hoax of Climate Change

The Chinese Hoax of Climate Change –in the words of president elect –  Mr.Trump With regard to climate change , I’ve  got some good news and some bad news. May be it is best to start with the bad and end with the good. The bad news is that sadly climate change is not a…