Topic for Debate
Is orientation in housing dispensible?
Orientation is dispensible in housing design. Designers rarely achieve proper orientation in group housing plans because of the pressure of acheiving higher density. If any examples where proper orientation is acheived are present then they are not appreciated suitably. Different views are invited for the topic.
Rahul Dixit
Is orientation in housing dispensible?
Just because designers rarely achieve proper orientation, orientation does not become dispensable in housing design. Admittedly, it is difficult to manage pressures of densities while working with other factors like climate.

We are conducting a senior level housing studio at CEPT, Ahmedabad, India which is trying to address this issue of orientation in housing. Some of the solutions that have come about are very interesting yet still dense.
Vishwanath Kashikar
Is orientation in housing dispensible?
Well, orientation always is a unique proposal. At times there are common criteria in a society or group housing project for price and similarities on dwellings; hence, even detailed orientation is not appreciated or adopted. This a practical problem that can be solved with persuasion if necessary.
Dushyant Nathwani
Is orientation in housing dispensible?
Maybe orientation is achievable in group housing. But rarely do we see any examples in the practical world. Naturally, there must be some sort of ignorace about the subject, or maybe the inattention is because it is not as important of a criterion.
I am not sure whether there would be much energy savings in group housing just because of the right orientation. It will be very interesting to know the exact value of energy savings in group housing due to having a right orientation with respect to the external as well as internal layouts. If anyone knows something about the issue, they are warmly invited to share their views.
Rahul Dixit
Is orientation in housing dispensible?
To say that orientation is dispensable or an unimportant criteria for any project, including housing is laughable especially coming from an architect/student of architecture. I completely agree with Mr. Kashikar. This only reflects the limitation of the designer and nothing else.
Besides, it is not right to isolate on orientation vis-a-vis energy saving in group housing. It is the overall architecture that would contribute to this and many more aspects to consider such as heights of buildings and their shadow falls on each other, wall thicknesses, materials used, vegetation and landscaping in the vicinity etc etc etc...
Please think in a more holistic manner and please support your judgments with facts and not hype.
Shubhru Gupta


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