Generate Resilience \ रूपांतर उत्पन्न

Majuli, India \ माजुली, भारत

2018

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Client: Government of Assam, Office of District Magistrate, Majuli
Partners in Charge/ Lead: Sarvesh Singh, Alisha Raman, Priyanka Thakur, Vicky Achnani
Collaborators/ Team: ACS Achyut Baruah, List
Location: Majuli, India
Status: Built/ Occupied
Publication: Architecture in Development

Tags: disaster resilient structure, craft systems, rapid prototyping

How can a school withstand heavy earthquakes and floods?

We conducted a Design + Build Resilience Workshop in May 2018. Through this initiative, we built a full-scale resilient architectural model that responds to the local context of floods, soil erosion and high intensity earthquakes, in the river-island of Majuli, Assam in India.
The place serves as a government school during most of the year, and as a community shelter during annual floods. To foster a sense of spatial familiarity for 30 children in the school, cues were taken from the Mishing Tribe’s traditional homes.

front view - crafting together the full-scale building
front view - crafting together the full-scale building

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brainswarming the prototype
brainswarming the prototype

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skeletal framework of first prototype
skeletal framework of first prototype

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Pre-Flood Landscape see elephants migrating from Kaziranga National Park
Pre-Flood Landscape see elephants migrating from Kaziranga National Park

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During floods, the school doubles as a node for community shelter, accessed by boat
During floods, the school doubles as a node for community shelter, accessed by boat

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As per the Global Risks Landscape Survey 2018 issued by the World Economic Forum, Natural Disasters fare as a problem with the 2nd Highest Odds of Likelihood and Impact, after extreme weather events due to climate change. A novel pedagogy catalyzes an interaction between students, the village community and craftsmen – a hands-on approach to learning that nurtures the free flow of ideas and techniques.
During this period, the team involved confronted all forms of disturbances and uncertainties, including a low-intensity earthquake and the onslaught of floods. The model is built with bamboo, cane, timber, concrete, burnt bricks and steel, all constituting a locally-sourced, regenerative material palette.

Field Notes