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May 31, 2007, 6:30:00 PM

Over the course of a rich, rewarding career in sustainable, vernacular, and conversational architecture, Benny Kuriakose sublimely succeeded in blending and integrating different architectural styles and practices: traditional, orthodox, and conventional design practices fused and formed an integrated whole, the result of which bore some exceptional and awesome structural designs.

Some fulfilling examples of his design methods and practices, in the likes of Chettiar houses and traditional Kerala-style architecture, are discussed and detailed in this architectural article from Period Passion magazine.

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Traditional architecture, including the traditional courtyard houses of Kerala, is not a style, it is knowledge. Governed by vital elements such as the climate and locally available materials, there was a concept and logic behind everything that was constructed in the earlier days. Southern India had a rich and varied repertoire of vernacular architecture that was as beautiful as it was practical. This article shows how elements from old Kerala and Chettinad homes can be successfully incorporated into contemporary dwellings.