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Vernacular Values

Threading cross-section journeys into the other paradigm in architecture while examining the values and underlying commonsense of the vernacular in shaping our built environment.

In this film the philosopher in R L Kumar, a trained accountant reflects on his attempts to build houses differently with a passion for the earth and the people he is working with. This exploration has made Kumar an architect, builder, comrade to his workers and philosopher to some of his NGO friends and chief haranguer to others.

a film by John D'Souza, Centre for Education and Documentation, Mumbai

 

Reviving ancient Indian style of construction

Time traveling may not be a possibility yet, but an architecture firm in Bangalore is attempting to build structures that look like they are from the pages of a history book. The IT city is now warming up to vernacular architecture.

short report on
Times Now TV channel

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Vernacular Architecture is a little known and less explored field that is concerned with holistic architectural building traditions/practices that are cost effective, ecologically sensible and culturally relevant.

Building on the work of practitioners like Laurie Baker and Hassan Fathy, our architectural practice, initiated by the late R.L. Kumar, revolves around promoting the use of locally available materials, traditional building techniques, culturally and climatically relevant building design and building a vibrant community of crafts persons.

Attempting to take forward his legacy, the CVA Trust also hopes to deepen the pedagogy around those vernacular values Kumar expressed in his writings and readings through creating diverse learning and training spaces.

 

portrait of RL Kumar by Bhima Rao Murgod

CVA Trust Founder
R.L Kumar
(1962-2012)

 

Following Kumar's passing,
we had started a Tributes Page
to acknowledge the tributes and messages of support that poured in from all those who knew him or had heard of him. We keep this page open inviting you to continue sharing your memories of Kumar
and also your thoughts on how
we could take his ideas and
CVA Trust forward.

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