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Habitat Mapping Study of Chinangudi

May 31, 2006, 6:30:00 PM

Under the leadership of Benny Kuriakose, a team of architects, students, engineers, and planners conducted a habitat mapping study in the tsunami-affected village of Chinangudi in Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu.

The study of the disaster-affected coastal village with regard to a disaster reconstruction project is detailed in this report by Dr. Kuriakose. It was carried out by a team of architects, students, engineers, and planners. The field visits, which included a series of interactions with the villagers, were carried out from June 2nd, 2005, to July 12th, 2005.

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It is hoped that with this publication on the habitat mapping of Chinnankudi (and with the others to come), the SIFFS’ experience, its working methods, and its efforts to improve and improvise itself in accordance with the micro-level situations, including the socio-cultural, technical, and economic dimensions, will be useful to a range of architects, planners, engineers, and sociologists, as well as the interested public. Despite the range and depth of this study, and the care taken to ensure quality at every stage of the exercise, there are some limitations. The attempt is to embrace the whole problem as comprehensively as possible.