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SITE + TERRAIN MAPPING MODEL
SITE + TERRAIN MAPPING MODEL

GEOMORPHOLOGY OF THE SITE
GEOMORPHOLOGY OF THE SITE

EXISTING RANN DWELLINGS of the AGARIYAS
EXISTING RANN DWELLINGS of the AGARIYAS

A TYPICAL 10 ACRE SALT PAN
A TYPICAL 10 ACRE SALT PAN

PLUGS IN THE RANN- Salt Vault module construction and organisation
PLUGS IN THE RANN- Salt Vault module construction and organisation

JEEVDAYADHAM: PERMANENT AGARIYA RESOURCE CENTRE
JEEVDAYADHAM: PERMANENT AGARIYA RESOURCE CENTRE

TIMELINE OF INLAND SALT FARMING PRACTICED BY THE AGARIYAS
TIMELINE OF INLAND SALT FARMING PRACTICED BY THE AGARIYAS




PROJECTINDEX
 
CULTIVATING LANDSCAPES
Mumbai University
ARCHITECTURE

Spaces for the Agariyas of Little Rann of Kutch
“CULTIVATING LANDSCAPE- Spaces for the Agariyas of Little Rann of Kutch” is a community upliftment project for the salt pan cultivators of Little Rann, where they practice a unique system of sub-soil brine salt cultivation, but are living a migratory life, that is debt ridden, unrecognized and with poor education and nutrition facilities.

The 21st Century architectural discourse has structured itself around questions of density. We have begun to question and critique the role of architecture in swelling metropolitan cities around the world by visualizing urbanization through the lenses of sustainability, sensitivity and humaneness. However, submerged in questions surrounding critically high densities, we seemed to have grossly neglected the other extreme of the density scale. The imminent mass-urbanization of the Indian landscape questions the role of the marginalized areas that have been ignored as elements of an ‘un-developed’ past. This thesis is a voyage into a landscape of our country that is untouched by the questions of density, crowding and suffocation. It is an attempt to echo the question architecture in density – at the other extreme – and find suitable paths to undertake in such pristine lands. The thesis questions, documents and re-interprets the relevance of architecture in the Little Rann of Kutch, a unique landscape with a sparse, spread out ‘migrant’ population, comprising primarily of the salt farmers known as the Agariya community.
The proposal begins with an idea of approximating architecture. An infrastructural system of ephemeral micro-architectures, furnitures, minimal landscape interventions that support a cyclical system of events or “rural expeditions” the space based interventions are nomadic and timeless, they remain back as markers or can be disassembled, moved elsewhere and reprogrammed to fit the processes of the ecology, the people and the salt.