A REIMAGINATION OF STORM WATER STREAMS “RAJAKALUVES”

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…

RE IMAGINING THE URBAN LOCAL PARKS OF BENGALURU CITY

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…

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. …

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…

“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…

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! …

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…

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…

Janani S

The author is an architect and researcher at Environment Support Group on inclusive urbanism.

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