Laurie Baker: Life, Works & Writings by Gautam BhatiaThe definitive biography of Laurie Baker Laurie Baker has worked in India for over forty years and is renowned for being one of the very few architects in the world to have designed and built buildings as diverse as fishermen’s huts, computer institutes, private homes, hostels, hospitals, churches, technical institutes, auditoriums, film studios and tourist centres. His distinctive brand of architecture, usually moulded around local building traditions (especially those of Kerala, his adopted home state in South India), is instantly identifiable and has, unsurprisingly, revolutionized traditional concepts of architecture in India. Baker’s architecture is responsive, uses local materials and lays stress on low-cost design. This biography of Laurie Baker, like his work, is direct, simple and comprehensive; further embellished with sketches, plans, photographs and some of Baker’s own writings, the book offers the professional architect as well as the layman a fascinating view of the life, methods and thoughts of an unorthodox genius.
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Lawrence Wilfred "Laurie" Baker 2 March — 1 April was a British-born Indian architect, renowned for his initiatives in cost-effective energy-efficient architecture and designs that maximized space, ventilation and light and maintained an uncluttered yet striking aesthetic sensibility. Influenced by Mahatma Gandhi and his own experiences in the remote Himalayas, he promoted the revival of regional building practices and use of local materials; and combined this with a design philosophy that emphasized a responsible and prudent use of resources and energy. He was a pioneer of sustainable architecture as well as organic architecture , incorporating in his designs even in the late s, concepts such as rain-water harvesting, minimizing usage of energy-inefficient building materials, minimizing damage to the building site and seamlessly merging with the surroundings. Due to his social and humanitarian efforts to bring architecture and design to the common man, his honest use of materials, his belief in simplicity in design and in life, and his staunch Quaker belief in non-violence, he has been called the "Gandhi of architecture. He moved to India in in part as an architect associated with a leprosy mission and continued to live and work in India for over 50 years.
In the s, rough waves would wash away some village or the other with routine splashes, and every year the displaced fishermen and women would receive a steep government compensation for clothing, blankets and even replacement huts. Instead of wasting Rs. As the C. While the project was riddled with its fair share of challenges, this architect rose to the occasion. As an architect, he rejected the concept of long row houses, each one identical to the next. I staggered the housing in a way that they catch the breeze, and they get a view of the sea; at the same time leaving little private triangles of land in between houses where they could dry nets and kids could play; they were all distressed over the storm damage, and we had to get them up as quickly as possible and we mainly wanted to demonstrate that such permanent structures could be put up quickly. And keeping with this style, Mr.
Laurie Baker Construction Centre provides low cost construction solutions for all needs. Known as the 'brick master of Kerala' for offering housing solutions to the a substantial saving in housing sector in a five year plan could be affected.
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