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Vernacular Architecture and Sustainability

September 12, 2019 at 6:30:00 PM

Dr. Benny Kuriakose discusses how sustainability is defined differently in various circumstances and how sustainable design principles were incorporated into traditional architecture. He thinks of the mastery of trained artisans in the application of these skills that have been handed down through the years.

Vernacular architecture is typically referred to as a sort of regional building that employs customary supplies, methods, and resources from the area in which the structure is situated. One of the key sources of inspiration used, especially when it comes to the issue of sustainability, is the context and unique physical and cultural characteristics of the area. Benny Kuriakose and the team regard their position as interpreters of this information, constructing and adapting these concepts to the present period. It is a fantastic source of knowledge since it is so impacted and uniquely inspired by the environment and local ecosystem.

He understands that India's diverse materials, environment, and culture suffice to give us what we need to design and create distinctive, sustainable structures, but still wants to question how the current construction industry functions.

Architecture has changed over time and will continue to do so going forward. Designs that are faithful to the landscape will endure, and existing architectural components may be modified to meet our evolving demands. This allows for the preservation of a location's distinctive identity without sacrificing meeting user demands. It is crucial to practise creating a typology that takes into account both traditional and modern architectural styles. People should become aware of a building's functioning and genuine purpose rather than blindly following trends, says Benny Kuriakose.

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