OCTOBER LECTURE

Make Design Matter  is a series of free monthly inspirational talks for humanitarians.

Article 25, in partnership with the BRE Trust, is bringing together outstanding design professionals who work to support the most vulnerable in society across the developing world. These inspiring monthly panel discussions consider the pursuit of progressive, sustainable architecture which focus on the communities they serve.

Meet the architects and designers at the forefront of creative and positive change in building design for international development.

Our October talk will be delivered by Jateen Lad on a Community Centre in India, hand built by local people.

The talk will be followed by a panel discussion with invited guests.

PANEL DISCUSSION GUESTS:

Moderated by Sunand PrasadChair of Article 25

Jateen Lad – Architect, Main Speaker

Professor Flora Samuel – Author, Why Architects Matter

Hanif Kara – Director & Co-Founder, AKT II

Dr Bo Tang – Research Coordinator and Studio 7 Tutor, London Metropolitan University

Book your free place now

 

SHARANAM CENTRE FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT, INDIA

“Hand-built by local people trained on the job by the architect this centre in rural southern India is both exemplar sustainable development and a force for social change in the area” – Hattie Hartman, The Architects Journal

Built at the edge of a rural landscape ravaged by illegal quarrying, the Sharanam Centre for Rural Development enables SARVAM, a local NGO, to expand its community-led transformation of chronically underdeveloped villages outside Pondicherry, India. In this scarred context, Jateen Lad sought to create buildings of dignity and tranquillity while addressing pressing social and environmental concerns in the process.

Meaning “refuge”, Sharanam was conceived to host community programmes in education, health and poverty alleviation. The building comprises a large vaulted multi-purpose hall, offices, a newspaper studio, meeting spaces, a radio station and a sanitation block on a derelict 5-acre site healed and revived through extensive plantation and gardens.

The project is constructed from the most local of resources – the red soil of the site – and is built entirely by hand with rudimentary tools. Purposefully set up without a contractor the entire construction phase was set up and led by the architect as a social development project in its own right upgrading the employable skills and long term livelihoods of over 300 local village workers who were trained on-the-job in a range of precision building skills and innovative sustainable techniques.

Sharanam successfully demonstrates how architecture, when driven by human issues and ethical practices, can genuinely help facilitate the social and economic development of deprived communities where design skills are most needed.

www.JateenLad.com

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Article 25 is a small charity that relies on the support of built environment professionals and others to help fund our work. While this lecture is free, if you would like to make a donation in support of our work, this will help us to the cover the costs of organizing these talks.