Author Archives: vtarchitect

Water Cistern at Casa Cantalagua, 2018

A Rain water harvesting cistern at under 2 Pesos/ l (Mexico) or 8 Rupees/ l (India) This is one of the points on the learning curve of the several attempts of making cost effective and sustainable rain water cisterns. This is a

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Water Cistern at Casa Cantalagua, 2018

A Rain water harvesting cistern at under 2 Pesos/ l (Mexico) or 8 Rupees/ l (India) This is one of the points on the learning curve of the several attempts of making cost effective and sustainable rain water cisterns. This is a

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Workshop on domes with mud, 4- 8 Jan, 2018 – Chattisgarh, India

Here is a simple story of how a Mexican dome (boveda mexicana) came to India in 2018. (I am sure it has been here before, but this particular one is my experience). Three years ago, I was amazed to see

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Workshop on domes with mud, 4- 8 Jan, 2018 – Chattisgarh, India

Here is a simple story of how a Mexican dome (boveda mexicana) came to India in 2018. (I am sure it has been here before, but this particular one is my experience). Three years ago, I was amazed to see

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Workshop – Cuckoo School, 6-15 July 2015

June 7th, 2015. It has been more than 20 months now.. I remember the day very well! There was a sudden sense of calmness when I first visited Cuckoo. Seemed like another world. Life here was at nature´s pace. This is

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Workshop – Cuckoo School, 6-15 July 2015

June 7th, 2015. It has been more than 20 months now.. I remember the day very well! There was a sudden sense of calmness when I first visited Cuckoo. Seemed like another world. Life here was at nature´s pace. This is

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Houses of the indegenous people, San miguel Tlaxcaltepec, Amealco

We visited the zone of San miguel Tlaxcaltepec on 18th March 2017 with Grecia Jurado, Ricardo and their dog (I dont remember her name). Grecias Notes on the visit are here. San miguel Tlaxcaltepec is a quaint little village about

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Houses of the indegenous people, San miguel Tlaxcaltepec, Amealco

We visited the zone of San miguel Tlaxcaltepec on 18th March 2017 with Grecia Jurado, Ricardo and their dog (I dont remember her name). Grecias Notes on the visit are here. San miguel Tlaxcaltepec is a quaint little village about

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Taller de Bio construccion, Bovedas y Cupulas.

    Ven y aprende a hacer bovedas de adobe y tabique rojo para un baño seco, cupulas para hacer un temazcal. Imparte: Arq. Varun Thautam TEMARIO (80% practico, 20% teoría): -Introducción a la Bio-Construcción -Diseño de temazcales, baños secos y

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Taller de Bio construccion, Bovedas y Cupulas.

    Ven y aprende a hacer bovedas de adobe y tabique rojo para un baño seco, cupulas para hacer un temazcal. Imparte: Arq. Varun Thautam TEMARIO (80% practico, 20% teoría): -Introducción a la Bio-Construcción -Diseño de temazcales, baños secos y

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Learning – Tadelakt Workshop 1

A well organized workshop hosted and taught by my teacher Amel Kadic and his partner Citlalli Peña. He has a TON of experience designing and executing tadelakt. It is an ancient moroccan water resistant plaster that takes a lot of

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Learning – Tadelakt Workshop 1

A well organized workshop hosted and taught by my teacher Amel Kadic and his partner Citlalli Peña. He has a TON of experience designing and executing tadelakt. It is an ancient moroccan water resistant plaster that takes a lot of

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Cuckoo School, Javadhu Hills, India

A life-changing experience! a workhsop – project with 50+ volunteers working for about 10 days or more. This is a project in collaboration with Jeremie Gaudin and Shruthi Ramakrishna from madeinearth.in. Also huge credits go to participant, Agnimitra Bachi for continuing the project

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Cuckoo School, Javadhu Hills, India

A life-changing experience! a workhsop – project with 50+ volunteers working for about 10 days or more. This is a project in collaboration with Jeremie Gaudin and Shruthi Ramakrishna from madeinearth.in. Also huge credits go to participant, Agnimitra Bachi for continuing the project

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Mana Farms, Hyderabad

Ongoing Project at Mana Farms, a continuation of the structure that was started at the workshop  on low cost sustainable architecture. The walls are partly adobes, sun dried, un-stabilized and built with mud mortar. The dome is one of the first

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Mana Farms, Hyderabad

Ongoing Project at Mana Farms, a continuation of the structure that was started at the workshop  on low cost sustainable architecture. The walls are partly adobes, sun dried, un-stabilized and built with mud mortar. The dome is one of the first

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Workshop – July 01-04 Low cost Sustainable architecture workshop – Hyderabad

A 2 day workshop at Achayyapalli, Mana farms in collaboration with Eng. Srinivas T on the construction of a vault and starting of a dome. Attended by 35 participants, the purpose was to disseminate the ease of building with mud

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Workshop – July 01-04 Low cost Sustainable architecture workshop – Hyderabad

A 2 day workshop at Achayyapalli, Mana farms in collaboration with Eng. Srinivas T on the construction of a vault and starting of a dome. Attended by 35 participants, the purpose was to disseminate the ease of building with mud

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Workshop – July 04-05 Rammed Earth Workshop – Hyderabad

A workshop organized by Ar. Pratyusha Viddam. Rammed Earth formwork was designed and fabricated by Pratyusha on design inputs from Jeremie Gaudin from madeinearth.in. It was attended by 12 participants, mainly architects and project managers from different firms in Hyderabad.

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Workshop – July 04-05 Rammed Earth Workshop – Hyderabad

A workshop organized by Ar. Pratyusha Viddam. Rammed Earth formwork was designed and fabricated by Pratyusha on design inputs from Jeremie Gaudin from madeinearth.in. It was attended by 12 participants, mainly architects and project managers from different firms in Hyderabad.

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Workshop – June 2015 – Adobe Vaulting a Chocolate Factory

Priya Joseph, an architect and  teacher from Bangalore happened to visit the nunnery,  Shanti Nilaya near Byrathi, Bangalore. The nuns ran a small self sufficient establishment and made their living by making candles and chocolates. Their workspace was a converted cow

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Workshop – June 2015 – Adobe Vaulting a Chocolate Factory

Priya Joseph, an architect and  teacher from Bangalore happened to visit the nunnery,  Shanti Nilaya near Byrathi, Bangalore. The nuns ran a small self sufficient establishment and made their living by making candles and chocolates. Their workspace was a converted cow

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Self Watering Planters, homemade

Gabby and I back in 2012, living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan were looking for ways to grow our own food. With almost a 7 month cold season and close to sub zero temperatures, indoor growing of herbs and greens was our only

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Self Watering Planters, homemade

Gabby and I back in 2012, living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan were looking for ways to grow our own food. With almost a 7 month cold season and close to sub zero temperatures, indoor growing of herbs and greens was our only

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Workshop – June 13,14 and 20,21 – Adobes and Nubian vaults, Bangalore

June 13,14 and 20,21: Adobes and Nubian vaults, Bangalore Images coming soon!

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Workshop – June 13,14 and 20,21 – Adobes and Nubian vaults, Bangalore

June 13,14 and 20,21: Adobes and Nubian vaults, Bangalore Images coming soon!

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Srinis Adobe Residence, Mysore

When a site of 60′ x 40′ is available, and one wants to maximize planting and garden area.. as well as build at a tight budget, I took the choice of reducing the building footprint to the minimum. A combination

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Srinis Adobe Residence, Mysore

When a site of 60′ x 40′ is available, and one wants to maximize planting and garden area.. as well as build at a tight budget, I took the choice of reducing the building footprint to the minimum. A combination

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