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Mud by Laurie Baker

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About the Author: Born in Birmingham, England, in 1917, Laurie Baker studied architecture at the Birmingham School of Architecture from where he graduated in 1937 and became an associate member of the, RIBA. During the World War II he was an anaesthetist to a surgical team in China where he also worked on control and treatment. On his way back to England he had to wait for about three months for a boat in Bombay. There he met Gandhi and was influenced by him. He decided that he would come back to India and work here. During 1945 - 1966, apart from his general freelance architectural practice throughout his life in India, Baker was architect to leprosy institutions in India and 1ived and worked in a hill village in Uttar Pradesh. In 1966, Baker moved south and worked with the tribals of Peerumede in Kerala. In 1970, he came to Trivandrum and has since been designing and constructing buildings all over Kerala. He has served at various times as Governor of HUDCO, on the working group on Housing of the Planning Commission, and on several expert committees at the national and state level.

Who is going to build for you? One of the wonderful and endearing things about mud is that there is a vast wide range of muds and every single one has its own individual characteristics. All of it is God made and not machine made, so it is not standardized and it is almost limitless in quantity. Therefore to many, especially to the engineering world, it is maddening rather than endearing because you have to get to know your own mud and how to handle it. All ladies have beautiful eyes and bewitching hair and shapely lips but ideally you have to learn to live with, love, cherish and understand your own particular woman. Treat your mud as you should treat your wife and you will have a wonderful house for life! Read Mud

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At September 23, 2010 at 10:56 AM, Blogger Parag said...

It is impossible to stop the wave of unimaginative, inartistic, modular and mechanical concepts in architecture. Nowadays modern architecture is invariably equated with cubical blocks, glazed windows and reinforced concrete roofs. The disparity that was thus created between architecture and nature has been accepted worldwide. Baker has brought about a conscious relationship involving nature, building materials and the overall form.
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