Architectural Education
thesis- redevlopment of village
i m akshay student of B. ARCH 4 YR, i choosemu thesis topic AS REDEVLOPMENT in village in india, .... : I want to design a self sustained tribals village. But the basic concepts in village design are confusing me a lot, since this community doesn't have any well-defined settlement pattern as such but they had wada style building.
The village will also have segregated spaces for agriculture, education, human enpowerment and housing. I would like inputs from all you great people on how to tackle the problem to bring out the best solution possible.
..... plz
Akshay Padgilwar
thesis- redevlopment of village
Akshay you can take the base of Gandhian thought and study PURA by Dr. Abdul Kalam .
Ar. Tarika Dagadkar
Tarika Dagadkar
thesis- redevlopment of village
How does it matter that villages villages across the country doesnt have any well defined settlement pattern and they have wadas? Are you not liking it? Do you want to change its typology? Does it not work in our context? If you want to take up this topic then you need to very sensitive about its needs from their perspective. You need to think as one of the villagers and not as creative architect. Go there and stay there if possible.
Meehaj Thakkar
thesis- redevlopment of village
Akshay and Meehaj, What are wadas? I can infer that these are some form of vernacular rural building, but what exactly is a wada?
Frank John Snelling
thesis- redevlopment of village
Hi Frank,

Wadas are a very interesting residential feature in India they are also called as Chawls in Mumbai & vataras in Bangalore. The features of these are;
The traditional residence in Maharashtra was called the wada.
A wada was typically a large building of two or more storey with groups of rooms arranged around open courtyards.
Two types of wadas:
One which houses many families, like an apartment building of recent times or chawl of Mumbai.(Mostly for the middle class families)
One in which only one family resided. (Mostly owned by the richer class like relatives of the peshwas and traders).
The Wadas form an important part of Maratha architecture in Poona and other places.
Mansoor Ali
thesis- redevlopment of village
hi i m naeem ullah from pak i recently did my bachelor in architecture i wanna to do my master in architecture then which institute is best for master in sustainable architecture.
Naeem Ullah
thesis- redevlopment of village
Mansoor, Thank you for your post upon wadas / chawls / vataras. As you describe them, they are a later form of the traditional walled compound / courtyard housing. I say later, because it seems likely later generations would build upwards rather than outwards, particularly if space becomes limited due to overcrowding.

I rather like the idea, because any courtyard as an enclosed space separate from the noise, dirt and disease of the street creates a different atmosphere for the residents both physiologically and psychologically.

And I can relate this type of housing to two most interesting examples of subsidised public housing in London; an internal courtyard formed by two storey almshouses built sometime in the Georgian period (18th centuary) and an internal courtyard formed by four storey blocks (including basement level) built in the late Victorian / early Edwardian period (19th centuary). Furthermore, there is Hampton Court Palace (about half a mile from where I live in SW London) built in the 16th / 17th century (?) and lived in by Henry VIII, has several courtyards around which are buildings of three or more storeys.

Strangely enough, or perhaps not so strange, one of my ideas for self-sustaining semi-high rise housing (as an alternative to anti-social tower blocks) was for seven storey courtyard type housing with one or more of the storeys below ground.

In passing, I believe China has traditional housing similar to the wada, although this appears to have evolved as a communal defence against rural banditry, because one type is a round structure a with heavy and thick outer wall within which there are several levels of balconied housing.
Frank John Snelling


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