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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


Pupil Tree Academy, Bellary 






The Other Side of Getting Urbanised - Ashok B Lall
article in June, 2008

Breaking Through the Conventional Barriers - Preetha S Kumar
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Romancing the Stone - Lakshmi Krupa
article in Jan, 2009

Return of the Rustic - Deepti Sivakumar
article in Jan, 2009

Born of this Land - Ashwin Venkatesh
article in CW Interiors magazine, September 2009
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Let's build a school
review in Dec 2010

A small house turned in to a huge living space - Hema Vijay
article in 2 February 2013

Can the vernacular work in modern settings? - Hema Vijay
article in 2 March 2013

Charmingly Vernacular - Nandhini Sundar
article in 6 July 2013

Hand-made Homes - Lakshmi Krupa
article in 20 September 2013

Inspiringly Vernacular - Nandhini Sundar
article in 19 June 2015

In conversation with Ar. Goutam Seetharaman
interview in 28 March 2017

What you see when you see: Need more local architecture - Suresh Jayaram
article in Bangalore Mirror 14 Aug 2017


portrait of RL Kumar by Bhima Rao Murgod

CVA Trust Founder
R.L Kumar


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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