Vastyam : Settlement of Dhamapur

Batch 2024

Summary :

Dhamapur Lake, which was developed as a result of the village’s overflooding crisis, is now a critical point around which the local biodiversity revolves. The lake’s presence has made Dhamapur rich in terms of water resources, sustaining agriculture-practicing communities in the form of clusters, and also has enticed and protected numerous rare, endangered, and significant flora and fauna species. For our documentation exercise, we studied the community’s day-to-day lifestsyle, how the traditional architectural typologies support functionality and integrate with the landscape. On the other side, urban housing is rising in the area, which represents a type of ecological intervention. Today’s growing acceptance of modern construction’s varied benefits and efficiency may play a big role in transforming the streetscape of Dhamapur and nearby villages in the next few years.

The village’s space hierarchy was analyzed. During this time, it was observed how essential, courtyard spaces are for both community connection as well as climatic adaptability. Folklore, festivals, and cultural celebrations contribute to improving the community. The temple complex has stood strong overlooking the Dhamapur lake, which is reflective of the community’s power and solidarity. As a result, a town is composed of multiple layers that help it evolve over time, and we were able to trace the story by analyzing each layer in depth, from the surrounding flora and fauna to community, tradition, and festivals. These layers distinguish each settlement and mold subsequent generation’s hopes and perceptions about living. The following book is a compilation of the research carried out by the students of Batch 2024.

Mentor: 

Ar. Vivek Korlekar, Ar. Payoja Raikar, Ar. Khushboo Adhiya, Ar. Pratik Dhanmer

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