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Towards A Greener City - Indian Express

June 30, 2006, 6:30:00 PM

In his interview with Indian Express, Dr Benny Kuriakose talks about his approach to holistic design and architecture. The conversation with Benny Kuriakose reveals his architectural principles and focuses on a number of themes such as cost-effectiveness, sustainability, aesthetics, and so on. He feels that ‘cost-effective’ is always a relative term. One is cost-effective when compared with another. He does not follow any particular style and employs materials like exposed brickwork, RCC, timber, steel, etc.

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An avid supporter of vernacular architecture, he mentions that the design should suit the climate as far as possible. He learnt from the vernacular techniques and the materials he feels are more suitable for the climate of India. He describes the design brief of Dakshinachitra was to use traditional concepts and show that one can have a contemporary building. He has a fondness for old heritage buildings and adds, “The Lotus Temple in Delhi is a work of commendable stature. Abroad, the charm of the old buildings in the city of Prague makes me want to go back again and again.” To learn more, click on the link below to read the entire story!