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Hodal, Haryana, 2018

Much of the conversation in India’s development has been around Smart Cities Mission. However, Smart Village India was also simultaneoulsy launched and gets its foundation from Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of Adarsh Gram (model village) and Gram Swaraj (Village self-rule). Given that 72.2% of the Indian population lives in rural areas, sustainable rural development is key to driving the Indian economy. Child and adult education, especially of rural women, are the most crucial to develop human resources and solve the most pressing health and social issues as well. Looking at the Indian landscape, one of the lowest literacy rates and sex ratios are observed in Haryana.

As a result, this Thesis aims to search for a Sustainable Model for Rural Education and Development through a site belonging to YMCA Hodal as the Rural Development Centre since 1972. The vehicle for this is a

  • CBSE Senior Secondary School 

  • Women’s Vocational Training Centre and 

  • Sports Institute

Rural Development Centre: B.Arch Thesis

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As there is a lack of parks and community facilities in Hodal, the project will provide a safe complex for children and people of the community (especially women) to engage in education, skill development, sports and recreation. The activity block ties the differently oriented school and vocational training centre through its form as an open air theatre and all the built form is connected by continuous shaded circulation.

The project explores the architectural manifestation of inquiries into Child Education, Women Empowerment and Sustainability. The initial research delved into experiential learning theory and its application in the built environment along with understanding different age groups and their spatial requirements. For designing women friendly workspaces, an understanding of gender and space was developed. To study and apply sustainability on a community level, environmental and socio-economic aspects were covered through passive solar design, decentralization of waste, water, food, energy, agriculture + architecture, education and empowerment of children, women and neighboring community.

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