Pollution Free Design Patterns for Ecotourism: Innovative Ideas from Traditional Settlements at ‘Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve’

Kala, Choyimanikandiyil (2012) Pollution Free Design Patterns for Ecotourism: Innovative Ideas from Traditional Settlements at ‘Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve’. In: National Conference on “Emerging Trends of Energy Conservation in Buildings", Nov 3rd 2012, CBRI, Roorkee .

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Abstract

Most of the tribal settlements contain temporary and flimsy huts indicative of their living habits which blend with nature. The modern generation has forgotten the fact that these dwelling units are best adapted to the microclimate of the region. These indigenous construction practices are now gradually ebbing away due to the public unawareness of their good functional performance. The motivation required to be instilled in the present scenario of research field is that these types of construction techniques have to be examined to bring out design patterns applicable for ecotourism. The paper explains two case studies of traditional tribal settlements of ‘Kurichiya’ community and that of ‘Toda’ community at ‘Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve’. The components of the settlements are designed for the benefit of inhabitants’ daily activities and main occupation in life. Each and every element of their housing settlements is ecologically sustainable. Both the settlements are made out of locally available materials which still exist with no much maintenance and repair. The architecture of these settlements are documented and better design patterns are formulated which can be used for ecotourism.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Green Design Methods, Sustainable Architecture, Environment friendly Materials, Traditional Tribal Settlements, Climate-responsive Architecture, Functional Architecture for Ecotourism, Innovative Ideas for ecotourism.
Subjects: Architecture > MSAP Manipal
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2013 05:43
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2013 05:43
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/138104

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