Threading the cross section journeys into the other paradigm in architecture and examines the values and underlying commonsense of the vernacular in shaping our built environment. In this film the philosopher in R L Kumar, a trained accountant reflects on his attempts to build houses differently with a passion for the earth and the people he is working with. This exploration has made kumar an architect, builder, comrade to his workers and philosopher to some of his NGO friends and chief haranguer to others.
Duration 58'18" - Produced by CED
A huge and beautiful archaeological site in Hampi, Karnataka, shows aspects of Indian cities in late 15th early 16th centuries, It shows ruins of tanks, water channels and aqueduct show how Indian people succeeded in using a passive and complex system so that rainwater was sufficient for all their water needs.
A landscape architect, Mohan S. Rao, explains using the example of a farm garden how to conserve and reuse rainwater as much as possible with sensitive and sustainable methods. The basic principles of this kind of work are explained in a simple way and in a quiet rhythm.
Duration 8'30" - Produced by Anouchka Dyephart and A&D
Dr. R.T. Doshi was one of the early adaptors of city farming. It also connects with a group of women in Pune, who took to waste re-cyling very early, and helped themselves to nutrition for their urban farms.
Duration 16'47" - Produced by CED
A film on the approach to ‘built environment’ adopted by Timbaktu
The film explores Timbaktu’s experiment, which sat a meeting point between forests, agriculture and the built environment. It narrates how a small group of development activists, committed to developmental and ecological regeneration, found ways to heal and regenerate a piece of dry, degraded land, and create an agro forest habitat. Protecting the land, revitalising natural resources and traditional genetic base were the key elements involved.
Duration 37 minutes [English]