I searched for him on the forums but didn't find anything. He passed away in 2007 and has many buildings standing in India, but I've found that he's much less well known than some of his contemporaries like Christopher Alexander.
Wow, thanks everyone, those look like fabulous links!
I spent two days at the Sambhaavanaa campus in Himachal Pradesh recently, where most of the buildings are designed by Didi Carpenter. And the Dharmalaya campus too, which is more home-scaled. Both are just wonderful to be in. Wow! She's getting really very old, so she doesn't want to be bothered by lots of visitors, but I'm dying to see some of her other houses.
Three more South Asian earthen builders to keep your eye on:
Sourabh Phadke is brilliant at mobilizing groups of learners to learn and also get in the mud and build. He's managing the onsite construction at Sambhaavanaa, and he designed at least one of the buildings there, another nice one. He's led two earth building courses here at SECMOL along with Sonam Wangchuk. His website soarhub.in has loads of good cartoons and graphics about composting toilets and earth building, etc. He studied architecture but is way more hands-on in the mud than most architects.
Nripal Adhikary is a Nepali architect who works in earth and bamboo and stuff. I only met him once for a few days, but he's just great and I think he'll go places, so keep your eye on him too. (He gave us the Mud scan and lots of other pdfs, plus footage from the 1930s of a super-organized perfectly-measured German earthen building process)
Sonam Wangchuk is a Ladakhi activist, inventor, teacher, and designed our www.secmol.org, as well as several other rammed earth solar-heated buildings in Ladakh, and some compressed stabilized earth block schools in Nepal. He's currently working on an artificial glacier project but will surely build and teach a lot more earth building.
On some hard drive somewhere I have a scan of Laurie Baker's classic My Name is Mud, but my internet connection is not up to such uploads at the moment. If somebody really wants it get in touch and I'll try to upload it soon. (I'm pretty sure the late Mr Baker would approve of such sharing). We used to have the book too, a cheap large format paperback on rough paper, all handwritten and drawings, not typed. It's one of those perfect books that belongs in your collection if you're interested in these things.
Works at a residential alternative high school in the Himalayas SECMOL.org . "Back home" is Cape Cod, E Coast USA.
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