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Roshni Raja

Kudarata, is a proposal that serves as a space to nurture. The connotation of the word nurture here, is beyond tangible measures of nurturing a visual character of the village it resides in, it is a nurtured ethical and cultural commitment.

Ludiya village in Kutch primarily consists of bhunga settlement clusters; these are of circular form to enable uninterrupted wind flow. The design output is a result of deep contextual understanding of being rooted to context while employing modern technology. The bhunga-inspired volumes generate a passive, low-energy design. While seeking spatial solutions for shade in a parametric form, the traditional bamboo and thatched roof nurture a local identity that makes the structure visually coherent and relatable for the villagers.

Larger conventions of a contemporary library often involve spaces like a cyber-hub or a technologically advanced learning center; however, to introduce an alien in a rural village of low literacy rate, may deepen the fear of not knowing. Instead, kudarata proposes to highlight the primary occupation of the village- its craft sector, to enhance an established connection and to build a sense of confidence for the craftsmen.

The larger architectural programs involve: an all-encompassing library, an archival space dedicated to craft literature, and a workshop to educate and display local craft. To physically and metaphorically preserve, is our aim.

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