Lawrence Wilfred " Laurie " Baker (2 March 1917 – 1 April 2007) was a British-born Indian architect, renowned for his initiatives in cost-effective energy-efficient architecture and designs that maximized space, ventilation , and light and maintained an uncluttered yet striking aesthetic sensibility.
BOOKS BY LAURIE BAKER
Rural Community Buildings ✔️
Hundreds of Community Buildings are being constructed every year both in urban and rural areas. Conventional systems are followed for the construction activities. The time has come to critically examine the total costs involved and to explore the possibilities of adopting alternative systems for the construction of community buildings so as to optimize the resources.
Earth Quake ✔️
I agree that the task of repair/rebuilding is important for salvation. Simultaneously, it is also pertinent that carefully selected short and long term strategies with clear cut S& T interventions are needed e.g. bonding techniques, use of buttress, proper shape and size of the stone, incorporation of improved plans fitted to traditions and culture, better masonry and carpentry skills with suitable demonstrations.
The common burnt brick is one of man’s great inventions. Five thousand years ago bricks were made in many different shapes and sizes but, one by one, the less satisfactory ones were discarded.
I have tried in this little book to introduce you to mud. I have tried to make it all as simple as possible, both with words and pictures. I have noted that there is a scientific side to-the subject, but far more important is to go ahead and use it, experiment with it, have fun with it and drop the idea that it is only for the rural poor.
RUBBISH -LIKE CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME
We occasionally make feeble attempts at composting but soon learn that plastic won’t ‘compost’. We have a trash can or dust bin but it fills up very quickly and then we don’t know what to do with it or where to empty it. Crows and Cats come and help to scatter it -
Manual of Cost Cuts for Strong Sustainable Housing ✔️
This manual is mainly put together to help deal with working out inexpensive, effective and acceptable housing schemes for the homeless families in Kerala.
Of architectural truths and lies ✔️
When I am designing a new building, there are a few basic principles that guide me.
If it is to design a house, I want to know the client's eating habits. Do they all eat together at regular times? Or is it a smash-and-grab affair?
Rural House Plans ✔️
Rural housing is more complex than urban housing as it usually has to cope not only with human beings but with livestock as well. There is also usually a need for covered space for all sorts of occupations, weaving, basket making, rope making, nets and fishing, food drying and processing etc. The open space surrounding the house is as important as the house itself and is very much used for cooking, storing, animal, poultry etc. Present conditions are not happy for providing all these needs - so these plans aim at minimum basic planning with room to expand as and when possible.
Houses: How to Reduce Building Costs ✔️
People have begun to realize the folly of the whole thing and are seeking ways and means of building houses of reasonably good quality and capable of fulfilling their real needs. It is to the needs of such people that Mr. Laurie Baker addresses himself in this small manual on low-cost housing.
A Report Concerning the MarathWada EarthQuake (Handwritten & Amazing) ✔️
A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.4 on the Richter scale rocked the Marathwada region of the state of Maharashtra, India, on September 30, 1993. This earthquake took a tremendous toll in human life--over 8,000 people killed, another 16,000 injured, and over one million local residents rendered homeless.
Learn about Laurie Baker and Laurie Baker Center
..::Laurie Baker Center::.. (lauriebakercentre.org)
The book based on the life of Laurie, Can be ordered via Rokomari.com
লরি বেকার: ট্রুথ ইন আর্কিটেকচার: অতুল দেউলগাওঁকার - Laurie Baker: Truth in Architecture: Atul Deulgaonkar | Rokomari.com
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