Kaya Kalp Project – Early Example of Green Design

Satellite picture of Kaya Kalp

Satellite picture of Kaya Kalp

This project, completed in the mid 1990s, is an early example of green design in India – long before the term became popular with most Indians.  It was built using mostly local materials and at extremely low cost but there was no compromise on quality, comfort or aesthetics.

While it was designed as a training centre for handloom weavers, the flexible design allowed it to be used temporarily as a school as well as a community centre.

I have not been to Maheshwar in years and have no recent photographs but I know that the trees have grown well because they are very clearly visible in satellite pictures.

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