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Join hands with an interdisciplinary team of faculty and master artisans in a design-build exercise in a village in Wayanad, Kerala. The focus of this intervention is to build a low-cost, context-appropriate, sustainable structure in the village.
- Relevant to the community - Addresses a need - Can be built by a group of people
Through a 14-day period of working, learning & living in the village, the workshop attempts to stitch a variety of technical, social & collaborative experiences expanding on the potentials of what architecture & design can accomplish.The techniques employed will combine standard practice with some outstanding innovations from the last 30 years in vernacular architecture (shallow domes, bamboo framing, long-lasting thatch, etc). This hands-on exercise seeks to encourage every participant to find his/her own way of combining the formal and the vernacular harmoniously, & to benefit from the vernacular without destroying it but striving to contribute to it.The idea of Building As Learning Aid (BALA), used not only in education but also in architecture, as a method to immerse design in collective meaning & story-telling & vice-versa will be an important help in this endeavour. Finally, the 10 day period will be interspersed with collective activities such as discussions, story-telling sessions, interaction with tribal community, talks by local eminent social development practitioners, aimed at creating a space for learning, introspection, and reflection.Participants will be hosted in homestays in the village at a cost (Rs. 2,000/-, mandatory for participants). Expenses for Students:- Food & Stay- Rs. 7,000/-, Local Travel - Rs. 500/-, Material Cost - Rs.10,000/-.

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