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SK Das

New Delhi, Delhi, India-110049

Subernarekha, Urban Design-Gated-communitiy

Over 10,000 tribal families were displaced by the construction of two larges irrigation dams in Jharkhand District. The project was financed by the World Bank at the lowest possible cost. This project aimed to house the displaced families in 32 new resettlement “villages.” We developed methodologies and technologies to support a community process of design and construction which enables self-help construction of dwellings by the end users. The success of the project depended on carrying out pilot experiments with the involvement of the dwellers in each village, and its wider replication by the dwellers themselves with little or no subsequent technical assistance.

A number of dwelling typologies were designed based on the study of traditional dwelling and living patterns in the region and taking into consideration the transition of the families into a new home. The government agencies involved provided materials and technical support at the site. The families had the option of replicating the pilot design or executing their own custom design. In most cases the families opted for the new prototypes.

At the village level, the earlier master plans prepared by the government, which had been partly implemented at site, were revised and re-blocked in order to provide social infrastructure and continuous open spaces for cultivation of crops and rearing livestock.

This project won the National Award for Community Architecture from the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India and the award from the Indian Institute of Architects for Outstanding Work in Settlements in India.

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