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Chitra Vishwanath

Chitra Vishwanath
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First Published: Thu, Aug 14 2008. 02 16 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Aug 14 2008. 02 16 AM IST
Chitra Vishwanath works only with sustainable technologies and has built a couple of hundred mud buildings in and around Bangalore
I think
In a time of environmental crisis, it is criminal to use any material for building other than what is available on your own site. Mud is one such material, especially in Bangalore.
(For a discussion on sustainable architecture with Chitra Vishwanath click below)
The local mud makes for good stabilized mud blocks for walls and roofs.
We can
All you need to do is introduce a basement into the design, digging for which will provide all the mud.
You must, of course, provide adequate overhangs (roof projections) to prevent running water hitting and flowing on the surface of the wall, and a high plinth.
The blocks must be adequately stabilized (with cement or other binders), and should have a specified weight per unit of density. Any good mason can then build with these mud blocks.
Mud can be in used in several other ways, too—cob, rammed earth, and wattle-and-daub walls, for instance—depending on considerations of desired aesthetic, available skill sets and local climate.
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First Published: Thu, Aug 14 2008. 02 16 AM IST