ARANYA LOW COST HOUSING PDF

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser. Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser. His ideas on housing evolved gradually before culminating at Aranya, 6km outside what used to be the centre of Indore and is now an indivisible part of its urban jumble. Over time, in line with the needs, resources and desires of occupants, homes begin to grow, creating a staggered fl ow of spaces from private rooms to outdoor staircases to shared courtyards to streets to open spaces to roads. In the post-independence and pre-liberalisation years, housing was part of the process of nation-building, and although no nationwide policies were administered by the central government, numerous institutions were given a chance, entrusted with the task of building expertise and delivering housing: the State Housing Boards were established in the s, tailgated by HUDCO in

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For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser. Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser. His ideas on housing evolved gradually before culminating at Aranya, 6km outside what used to be the centre of Indore and is now an indivisible part of its urban jumble.

Over time, in line with the needs, resources and desires of occupants, homes begin to grow, creating a staggered fl ow of spaces from private rooms to outdoor staircases to shared courtyards to streets to open spaces to roads. In the post-independence and pre-liberalisation years, housing was part of the process of nation-building, and although no nationwide policies were administered by the central government, numerous institutions were given a chance, entrusted with the task of building expertise and delivering housing: the State Housing Boards were established in the s, tailgated by HUDCO in Each plot is provided with a plinth, a toilet at the back and an electrical connection: architecture as system and process rather than finished structure.

Asked to design complete townships for new industries on the outskirts of cities, Doshi resisted the unwise proliferation of repetitive and isolated multi-storey blocks on large swathes of land. For Electronics Corporation of India in Hyderabad , he proposed to install training centres and production facilities along a central pedestrian spine connected to the main road.

Housing is not inert. It is a living entity. The neighbourhood plan includes varying widths and bends, with the open slot around the service core combining twice as many toilets per manhole, cutting down pipe length. Over the nearly six decades of family life it has celebrated, it naturally became the venue for the marriages of his three daughters and two of his granddaughters. Established in 20 years after his own practice and 14 after CEPT , the Vastushilpa Foundation has dedicated decades of research to the study and documentation of human settlements in India, with a focus on the emergence and growth of informal housing in urban centres.

Instead of focusing on materials and techniques, Doshi preferred to analyse social structures and the unfolding of everyday habits into spaces. Through the observation and study of traditional ways of living, vernacular traditions and residential structures built by anonymous architects, he tried to look beyond aesthetic considerations.

With the services at the back of the plots, the houses gradually grow, both horizontally and vertically. By the time Doshi worked on the Aranya masterplan, governmental investment in housing was in decline, and alternatives were being sought to house the poor — but publicly built, highly subsidised standard housing units were, and remain, inadequate solutions to relocate slum dwellers.

Aimed at EWS residents, the smallest plots of Aranya are just 35m2, with a simple plinth, a service core a latrine and water tap or bath and the option of a built room the kitchen , but they are connected to water and electricity. The gentle topography of the 85 hectares dictated the orientation of infrastructure on site designed with engineer Himanshu Parikh , servicing the 6, plots delineated on the masterplan.

Intimacy is preserved in niches and private corners, but the abundance of life is allowed to spill out onto these intricately planned hierarchical spaces, overflowing the larger, communal open spaces planted with bottlebrushes, casuarina and eucalyptus trees.

At Aranya, only a small sample of 80 model homes were built in , loadbearing brick on a concrete plinth with walls plastered and painted, to initiate the development. Railings, parapets and cornices were added; doors and windows could be fabricated on site. Plots were initially on a first-come first-served basis, but as the word spread, applicants had to enter a lottery system.

The building and strengthening of ties between social activities and physical structures translates into specific architectural elements: the underlying plinth onto which are added steps and ledges, shared landings, tiny balconies and open terraces.

Here the idea is that every space gets used, staircases are not just for going up and down, and decisions are not frozen in aspic. Just as deep, shaded porches of walled cities or medieval towns not only help to insulate the interior but also provide an extension of the home into the public sphere, Aranya relies on the construction of pauses and the creation of elongated thresholds extending a family home far beyond its physical walls — in fact, there is no single wall demarcating the entrance.

Public life is allowed to seep into, extend and permeate living spaces. He still cites it as his first reference and source of inspiration in terms of housing. The six sectors from the original masterplan are blurred, but the hierarchy of open spaces can still be felt, the narrower alleys bustling with communal life. Then we talk about affordability and cost. Today, the residents have appropriated and transformed them: the expression of life rather than aesthetics.

Images of these inhuman developments have been photographed the world over — repetition to the extreme morphs into graphic abstraction, making for distressingly photogenic compositions. The reality is that almost all of the original 80 model houses have been demolished. Beneficiaries found themselves penalised if unable to pay instalments on time and, burdened with debt, were left with no other resort than to seek to sell their plot.

The original, recognisable homes of Aranya carry a little nostalgia for a time when alternatives models were perhaps possible, and for the fleeting promise that architecture can make a difference in these circumstances. It is more than a housing crisis, it is a crisis of space. And problems of slum resettlement are just too big to be solved by architectural design. When the cost of infrastructure amounts to 5 per cent of building a full house, site and services projects make sense.

While sites suitably connected to the city centre and to employment opportunities are either non-existent or out of reach, due to the surge of land values and issues of overcrowding, these strategies can naturally be applied to existing, inner-city slums. Both internationally revered and plagued with controversy, this social housing complex in Rio de Janeiro has now been resurrected following decades of neglect.

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Dest Source: Vastushilpa Foundation The neighbourhood plan includes varying widths and bends, with the open slot around the service core combining twice as many toilets per manhole, cutting down pipe length.

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Low-cost housing needs dignity, says Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi

There is a common notion that low-cost housing cannot be comfortable or close to the city centre or offer a convenient lifestyle to the deprived class of the society. However, Aranya Low-Cost Housing defeated all these presumed facts when it came into existence a few years back. Designed by the award-winning architect, Balkrishna Doshi, Aranya Low-Cost Housing is everything that a buyer could wish for. Conceptualised by Indore Development Authority, the total built-up area of this society is 1 lakh sq mt, constructed at a cost of Rs million. The total idea of conceiving this project was to improve and upgrade the existing slum area and provide around 6, residential plots of varying sizes starting from sq ft for economically weaker section to 4, sq ft for high-income groups. The entire project was funded by the sale proceeds of the middle-income plots.

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Aranya Low Cost Housing

It accommodates 80, people with houses and courtyards linked by a maze of pathways in the city of Indore. A celebrity in India where he speaks to packed lectures, year-old Doshi, who studied under Le Corbusier, has worked on other projects — including mixed-income housing for a life insurance corporation in Ahmedabad and the underground Amdavad ni Gufa art gallery — but it is Aranya for which he is best known. Speaking to the Guardian after the announcement of his award, Doshi said that architects and urban planners involved in low-income housing projects — as well as architectural education — needed to move away from their focus on the designer as individual to being far more collaborative, compassionate and invested in the dignity of those they house. The promise of a home is not a limited hope, but the sky becomes the limit. But really we are exclusive when we need to be inclusive. For Doshi that has not only meant designing places like Aranya to replace slum housing but to have the curiosity and humility to learn from slums, not least how and why a successful sense of community coalesces, even in situations of extreme hardship. When you talk to the people living there they are lot more open and willing to share and modify because the human being is basically a compassionate animal.

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