Pristine Settlements of Toda at Nilgiris, South India: Design Guidelines

Kala, Choyimanikandiyil (2013) Pristine Settlements of Toda at Nilgiris, South India: Design Guidelines. International Journal of Research in Engineering and Technology (IJRET), 2 (5). ISSN 2277 – 4378

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As you interact more with nature, you get a divine feeling. That is what anyone experience in a green hill station like Nilgiris in South India. Evolution of civilized man brought across many ideas through his incessant, tedious discoveries on creating a comfortable shelter. Every traditional human habitat belongs to a particular region which is influenced by physio-geographic factors like physiography, geological structure, forest cover, climatic conditions, soil properties etc. This paper looks into the constructional details as well as every other intricate factors regarding Toda architecture which belong to a minority group of people called Toda living in and around Ooty, Tamil Nadu. As every Toda is contended to live in his/her hut, perhaps a person living in metros would find joy in spending holidays in such dwellings which adapts completely with the microclimate of the region. The author tries to give certain primary modifications for the better design patterns of these Toda huts to suit the present trends; meanwhile without losing its original qualities and grace.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alternative Construction Technique, Climate Responsive Architecture, Primitive Settlements, Toda Architecture
Subjects: Architecture > MSAP Manipal
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2013 05:47
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2013 05:47

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