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volume 5 | issue 2

In this issue that is focused on mainly the southern areas of India, K.T. Ravindran, urban designer and architect, introduces the unique landscape of Kerala, and its relationship with culture, to our readers. It is one of the few places in the country where the development, to some extent, is still responsive to its natural surroundings and ecological framework, that includes the sacred groves - historically unique way of conserving biodiversity by the people.
It was in Kerala that late Laurie Baker’s concept of sustainable and economical designs in architecture found new idioms. He advocated the use of local materials, local building techniques and low cost construction in most of his projects, and thus responded to nature in a positive way. Dr. Srivathsan pays tribute to the master architect who has inspired students and professionals the world over.
The Earth Institute at Auroville has been training professionals from all over the world on the subject of using earth as a building material. It is one of the few institutes in the country that is working in the area of sustainability in urban development through ‘earth’ as the main medium of construction. Satprem Maini, Director of the Institute, shares his views, objectives, works and vision for future.
The other features covered in the issue are, as Biley Menon describes, the different responses to nature: traditional, cultural, architectural and environmental.

Remembering Laurie Baker by Dr. A. Srevathsan

Nature-Culture Continuum: The Case of Kerala by K. T. Ravindran

Development Of Wetland Park: Valanthakad Island

Kavu: Sacred Landscapes of Kerala
Traditional Aspects of Bio-Diversity & Conservation

by P. N. Krishnan | M. Raveendran | C. K. Biju | S. Sreekumar

Kalari Kovilakom Kollengode Palace, Palakkad, Kerala

Mayapott: Holiday Retreat In The Hills Kattappana, Idukki, Kerala

Cloud 9 Resort Chinnakkanal, Munnar, Kerala

A Ville In The Making - Auroville by Harini T R

About City Planning and Open Space Design by M. Shaheer

Down To Earth
Satprem Maini - Director, Earth Institute, Auroville


Winter Annuals by Satish Mathur

Book Review
Contemporary Garden Aesthetics, Creations And Interpretations,Michel Conan
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington D.C,2007

Topos: The International Review of Landscape Architecture
and Urban Design

Georg D.W. Callwey GmBH & Co. KG

Know Your Plants
Acacia Auriculiformis, Australian Kikar

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