• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2016, Volume: 9, Issue: 6, Pages: 1-7

Original Article

Sustainable Practices in Vernacular Architecture - Rejuvenating Trends


Background/Objectives: What are the million differences when one steps out of the contemporary architectural style of high rise glass buildings into lush green space with vernacular house? Be it mud/brick walls or flooring like Athangudi tiles, or sloped roof with clay tiles; it all smells like petrichor that brings the environment/building close to heart, adds warmth and our heart says yes we are at home naturally. Methods: It is fortunate that our ancestral Architects left us good existing examples of quality sustainable vernacular practices, defining space utilization, usage of locally available material, ease of construction and supply energy to building (i.e. light and ventilation) were all a part of them. The more vernacular it is; it is becoming as one amongst the environment, as a family which survives the happiest as well as difficult natural scenarios. This is to refresh and remind ourselves the need to appreciate the perspective and accumulation of yester year’s local terrain knowledge, culture followed, buildings and spaces, material knowledge and the coordinated effort with local residents, to build and create with their practices and skills. Applications: This knowledge shared is of great treasure till now to enhance/improve in this creative field. It is cherished moment to learn, practice and experience the process, enabling to touch roots of vernacular practices like making of mud walls, making of mould and brick, cooling the floors with natural colours; the list is endless if one starts counting of those sustaining innovations. Vernacular practices are still sustainable, but the preference of people’s choice is varied due to fast pace of life for survival, leaving the art and skilful practices unrecognized and left to perish.

Keywords: Practice, Rejuvenation, Sustainable, Vernacular 


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