Cutting across the city, meanders the Rajakaluve stream travelling from lake to lake carrying the clean waters from the rain. The stream bed is lined with soil, large fruit trees adorn its entire side stretches. The Jamun fruits have been falling down. We pick them up and eat them, it makes our mouth so purple or ‘nerale’. Small wetland bushes have grown so thick on its slopes, they help in keeping the water and soil clean filtering the pollutants naturally. Birds are calling out, wading in the shallow waters. Me and my friends…


Everyday, we traverse from task to task, point to point in a set of linear pathways, many a times our day is merely a to-do list to be completed. Whether for recreation or exercise, one wishes to access the city’s parks and here again, we are met by a closed rectangular path on which we walk. The parks of Bengaluru miss free flowing pathways intercepted by landscape in an organic manner and are reduced to paved rigid walkways between rows of shrubs or trees.

So, is there another way we can…

In the modest interior streets of South Bangalore, I observed an unsung green roof. The verandah of an ancient temple, is shaded by the humble foliage of a single tree. The roof area shaded was approximately 50 feet by 25 feet, that is, 1250 square feet. It is a two layered roof, the under layer being a thin steel grill covered on top with the thick green living roof.

This could well be called an example of a carbon positive roof, wherein the roof elements are absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. …

Keenly observe the photographs above which have been clicked in South Bangalore. The facade is dominated by a series of staircases. The presence of the staircase which occupies most of the front elevation area blocks out natural light and hinders natural ventilation. More importantly, every building has only one house per floor and a staircase leading to the same. The adjacent buildings are designed with similar concepts.

Under the given circumstances, a new possibility in design crossed my mind. Could one single common staircase serve a couple of buildings? This could save space per plot, cut on construction costs and…

“There is a water crisis today. But the crisis is not about having too little water to satisfy our needs. It is a crisis of managing water so badly that billions of people — and the environment — suffer badly.” — World Water Vision Report

In India, there is a huge gap between available water resources and water usage leading to an increasing water stress. There is a mismatch in our consumption pattern to availability, but the problem remains surprisingly invisible to the urban eye. …

In Architecture and its sustainable approaches, we often talk of earth friendly materials, climate responsiveness and lowering energy consumption, water reuse etc. as strategies to mitigate the impact of built structures on the earth. While these are definitely important details, I wonder if we are missing the big picture! So, what do I mean by ‘big picture’?

I believe that the most important part of sustainable architecture is optimizing the built up area of the design. More built area naturally translates to increased energy usage in building, maintaining and operating stages, more resource consumption and so on. This brings us…

Homo sapiens are a social being by nature and are in close contact with each other. But Indian societies have been observing certain practices from age old times. In tough times like these, its hard not to wonder if our ancestors formulated this culture to prevent such outbreaks.

The culture I’m talking about in India :

  1. Greeting with Namaste- hands folded without touching the other person
  2. Indians in earlier times were forbidden from crossing the ocean- a sort of self quarantine within the country
  3. Washing hands and feet when we get back home was a norm and outdoor taps were…

Many countries today have banned this dangerous plastic that is found so readily in India in almost everybodys home- the widely used packaging plastic THERMOCOL. Often, we are ignorant about the materials we use and the waste we are generating from our routine. Thermocol is a non-biodegradable plastic and burning thermocol releases dangerous fumes which are carcinogenic if inhaled. Recently, a method to convert thermocol into sticky clay like substance of one twentieth its size was discovered by adding acetone to thermocol.

Janani S

Apart from being an architect, researcher promoting sustainable practices, I love positive vibes, heart-to-heart conversations and coffee.

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