INTERPRETING WATER ARCHITECTURE AS A SOCIAL SPACE: NEAR ALMORA, UTTARAKHAND
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Water has always been a vital part of formation of human settlements. Traditionally, water was a community resource and a celebration in collective undertaking.This celebration reflects in the architecture which stands not only as a space for fetching water, but becomes a place of recreation, social gathering, religious celebrations, and much more.Such architecture goes beyond the practical usage and acts s as a contributor to place making which reflects collective values and ethics associated with water. This course is an attempt to interpret architecture as a link between water and community. Kumauni region of Uttarakhand has many ways of harvesting water like Guls, Naulas, dharas, kund, khal, simar or gazar. 2-4 Naula would be studied as a case for the same. Naula is a water collection point from subterranean spring. A temple like structure is build around the collection point. The course would review Naula as a means for place making.Talks by Village representatives and organisation working on the revival of the water systems would help in understanding the context. Documentation of the Naula and the surrounding setting would help to understand the decisions behind the selection of the location, construction method and usage of the space. Activity mapping would help in understanding the practices and activities throughout the day around the space. Field Survey Methods would help in understanding the nature of association of the space with the people. After successful completion of the course, participants would gain knowledge about the Naula water system in the Kumauni region of Uttarakhand. The participants would also be familiar with the method of understanding place making. Expenses for Students :- Food & Stay- Rs. 12000/-, Local Travel :- Rs. 2400/-.

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