RE[V[I]V]AL: An Attempt to Rethink of an Ideal Village | Pradyumna Vikharankar

Rural India is known for its self sufficiency, which is observed to be at an edge of declination due to arising dependencies on the urban context. Economy is being confined just to monetary factors making all systems of living transactional. A re-framed policy along with an intervention to administer the rural context can regain the resourceful management & the practice of self sufficiency.

Eduwik Architecture Excellence Awards 2022 (Students)
First Award | Institutional

Project Name: Svravriti – A Unit for Handmade Paper Production
Project Category:
Institutional

Studio Name: Pradyumna Vikharankar
Design Team: Pradyumna Vikharankar
Area: 1604.25 Sq.Mtr.
Year: 2022 [Conceptual]
Location: Sindhisirasgaon, Aurangabad [Maharashtra]
Consultants:
Photography Credits:
Other Credits: Human Activities – Sandesh Jadhav
Hatch Details – Simran Ajgaonkar

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A settlement named Sindhisirasgaon, located 25km west to the main city of Aurangabad strives on cotton cultivation which is a no profit & no loss mode of income in the present day. Cotton stalks, the byproduct of the cultivation is observed to be an unknown potential that can be capitalized into a village industry for [Handmade Paper & Box-board Production] that aims to boost local production & local employment with varied opportunities.

“Svravriti” defines self-reliance, a practice that aims to uplift the village industry & eventually the individuals of the community.

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The production unit not just acts as a mode of income but also an exemplar unit to promote local & ecological practices of construction. It intervenes as a public node activating the passive areas of the settlement with a secured sense of design.

The project aims to break the industrial language of architecture & open the plan with verandahs, terraces & courtyards in order to make it a publicly owned. The sense of ownership with the community plays a vital role to activate the spaces with a number of permutation & combinations. Volumetrically, the facades & courtyards are such scaled that imbibes a sense of security which eventually not just activates the project but also the immediate site adjacencies.

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In the age of uncontrollable consumerism, Svravriti, a village industry aims to intervene as a medium to provide the community with an equal platform to contribute in the economy, thus boosting their exposure, income & most importantly their self-reliance.

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