Friday, March 02, 2007

what a momentus day it is. laurie baker, the pioneer of low-cost, natural lifestyle housing turned 90 today.

most of india/indians/nri's might not have any clue of this pioneer.

but with his path breaking techniques in low-cost, enviromentally senstive housing nobody can match his legend.

we need more laurie baker's just to make all our constructions are sustainable in long term and low energy focussed on long term.

happy birthday laurie. may you live long enough to inspire future generation of genuine builders.

( The Computer centre at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram. Here Baker evolved an innovative system of curved double walls to save on cost and to conserve the energy that goes into air-conditioning a building of this scale and purpose.)
(stunning loyala chappel in trivandrum using natural light to magnify the beauty of the chappel)
( 'The Hamlet', Laurie Baker's home in Thiruvananthapuram, built on a steeply sloping and rocky hillside that hardly had any vegetation when Baker started constructing it , is now a visual delight.)
(laurie baker with his wife elizabeth on his birthday)

all pictures above are copyright/courtsey of hindu newspaper.


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