How do we design for resource efficiency and sufficiency in a built environment? How can we practice what we preach—build and live sustainably? We had a compelling reason to ask these questions, having just begun building our own environmental training institute, in the foothills of the rugged Aravalli ranges in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, India.
It offered us an immense opportunity to learn constantly, to test our knowledge, and to demonstrate processes such as how to prevent water from flowing away and reduce its use and abuse; how to recycle and reuse waste; reduce energy footprint; and enrich local vegetation while maintaining a healthy ambience and wellbeing.
It became necessary for us to look around and see what was taking shape and how, and engage with practising architects, planners and designers to understand their experiments and approaches in different genres of buildings — homes, offices, educational institutions, houses of the poor, community buildings, and habitat planning for micro-management of resources.
Filled with 39 case studies, this beautifully illustrated and presented book is a result of all of the above and is a celebration of ideas that are creating new architectural wisdom, by building wise. Get your copy and know more.