A holistic approach to sustainable architecture

@ATREE auditorium at 3.45 pm on 7th March 2016

Abstract: As the problem of designing our built environment becomes more and more complex, architects tend to rely on a systematic and scientific approach using measurable parameters or outcomes. This leads to design which may be functional and even environmentally sustainable, but fails to satisfy qualitative, intangible or non-quantifiable aspects of design. So the need is to create spaces and cities which are not just man-made systems that work well but instead, integrate and work with man and nature.

How does one achieve this? Can we even begin to understand the complexity of the problem? So in this talk, I encourage you to make a beginning by observing your workspace and your behavior in this space and ask what are the things around you that work for you? And what does not work? What helps you be creative and productive? I invite you to think about this ATREE building as a living being - how has it affected you as a person, physically, emotionally or even philosophically?

In this interactive talk, I will try to analyze how the ATREE building functions as a workspace and how its users relate to it; to describe the depth and subtlety of holistic design thinking.

Bio: Jeeth Iype is an eco-architect i.e. he integrates environment-friendly alternatives in architecture. An alumnus of the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai, he worked in Auroville in the early years and was inspired by Laurie Baker. Jeeth has over 25 years of experience in working on group housing, educational, institutional, tourism and healthcare facilities. With a talent for innovation and translating ideas into architecture, his designs have created many satisfied users. His passion for alternate lifestyles has lead him to research in human behavior in relation to the built environment, permaculture design and at present, ecotourism in the Himalayas.

He is one of the founders of Good Earth, which is a pioneering institution in the field of eco- architecture. For the past 20 years, Good Earth has attempted to create vibrant communities who believe in an eco-sustainable future. Their housing projects make one feel psychologically and socially secure and at the same time, respect one’s individuality.