REIMAGINING AFFORDABLE HOUSING AS A COMMUNITY NEIGHBOURHOOD
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The dwelling can be studied as one of the most dynamic architectural forms.Right from its primitive vernacular examples, a rich variety of habitats are found across the globe shaped by local cultural, social, economic & ecological patterns as well as resources. In examples where the resources are limited, it has inspired some particularly interesting manifestations as observed in the habitats of lower income groups. Owing to the restriction of resources, these neighbourhoods often present high level of creativity, diversity & efficiency in both making as well as usage of spaces.
However, the case is not the same for such habitats designed by majority private builders or public agencies such as PWD. Contrary to the vernacular examples, the housing executed under PMAY (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana) or other affordable housing schemes is observed to be mundanely repetitive & quite insensitive towards the living patterns of its inhabitants.
Through this workshop, we aim to focus on this issue & question if such affordable housing can be designed as a neighbourhood that can facilitate spatial diversity, richer living conditions as well as community living.
The students will be exposed to both, the vernacular spatial patterns shaped by such groups & the spaces designed & constructed by private/public sectors under the bylaws.They will be encouraged to understand both constraints as well as opportunities while designing with limited resources.They will then be given the opportunity to intervene in the existing schemes through a design problem,& will be stimulated to re-imagine them as a community neighborhood.
Expenses for Student - Material Cost - Rs. 3000/-, Local Travel - Rs. 500/-

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