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LBC-NASA Exposure Programme,2016

The Laurie Baker Centre for Habitat Studies (LBC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the
National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA) to conduct a four-day exposure programme on Laurie
Bakers approach to architecture and building construction. This programme was started in the year 2012. The
students of architecture of different colleges from all over India are the participants of this programme.
The enthusiastic participation of the students had made this programme a great success and the LBC proposes to
continue the programme in the years to come.

To expose the students to Laurie Bakers approach to architecture and building construction so that the
alternatives in architecture that is cost effective, affordable, environment friendly and aesthetically appealing
building construction techniques can be transferred to new generation for sustainable habitat development.


To organize lectures on Bakers Philosophy and Approach.

To conduct practical sessions to give experience in the different construction techniques which Baker
followed and advised.

To organize site visits to completed and ongoing project which are based on the cost effective building
technologies and Bakers construction approaches.

Course content:
The course is designed by incorporating lecture series, hands-on training, site visits and interactive session at
night. The four day programme has twenty eight hours categorized under three sessions.


Lecture series

Hands on Training

Site visits


The programme is arranged in two venues. The lecture series are conducted in Self Employed Womens
Association (SEWA Hall), adjacent to LBC campus and hands on training sessions in the LBC campus.

There are five lectures from eminent personality from and outside LBC.



Resource person


Towards a Green Habitat : Approaches

and Examples

Prof. K.P. Kannan


Introduction to Laurie Baker, COSTFORD,

LBC and Baker's philosophy

Ar. P.B.Sajan/Ar.R.D. Padmakumar

Energy considerations in architecture and

building construction

Dr.RVG Menon/Prof.V.K. Damodaran


Cost Effective Construction Technology Part I & II



Climate Responsive Architecture

Prof. Shailaja Nair

Hands on Training:
The students are given practical training in Random rubble masonry, Surface beam using Bamboo reinforcement ,
cob wall, brick masonry of rattrap bond wall construction, brick Jallis, arches and filler slab.

Site Visits:
The first site visit is organized to the campus of Centre for Developmental studies & The Loyola Chapel designed
by Laurie Baker and his master pieces.
The Karimadom colony , a slum development project as part of the Basic Services to Urban poor, JNNURM and
Kalladimukham Project as part of Rajiv Awas Yojana constructed by COSTFORD, for Thiruvananthapuram
Municipal corporation.
The participants will also get an opportunity to visit Institute of Social Entrepreneurs (IISE), now called Kanthari,
situated on the banks of Vellayani Lake, is a design marvel in more than one sense. Kanthari integrates many ecofriendly and energy-efficient features with in its three acre campus.
Visala: House of Ar. P.B. Sajan and Prof. Shailaja Nair situated at Thiruvananthapuram. The house has been
constructed with locally available materials such as mud, bamboo, rubble, and coconut tree trunk and is a
testimony of cost-effective, energy-saving and environmentally sustainable model. This house bagged the second
prize of the HUDCO Design Awards in the category Green Buildings in 2012.

Number of days of the workshop: Last year it was a 5-day workshop and the participants expressed their
inability to remain away from the classes for a longer period. Therefore, it was decided to have a 4-day
workshop. But the content will remain the same and LBC will accommodate the content in four days.

Schedule: There will be 18 batches of workshop spanning over a period Aug-Dec. The
tentative workshop dates are given below.Each slot will be filled on FIRST COME FIRST
SERVE basis.


Tentative Slots

August 8-11

August 15-18

August 22-25

August 29- Sept. 1

Sept. 5-8

Sept. 19-22

Sept. 26-29

Oct. 3-6

Oct. 10-13


Oct. 17-20


Oct. 24-27


Oct. 31- Nov.3


Nov. 7-10


Nov. 14-17


Nov. 21-24


Nov. 28- Dec.1


Dec. 5-8


Dec. 12-15

Minimum and Maximum number of students for a workshop:

It was decided that there should be minimum 40 students to organize a workshop. The LBC will not
conduct the workshop if the number of student is less than forty and the workshop for that batch will stand
cancelled. In such cases, they must register in the next available slot. Similarly, the maximum number of

students in a workshop is limited to 60 students.

The workshop fee is Rs.5500/- per student (inclusive of 15% service tax, food, accommodation and local
transportation for field visits.). An advance registration fee of Rs.2500/- per student must be paid
through NEFT mode to get the workshop participation confirmed.No other payment modes are
acceptable. No registration will be confirmed unless the registration form is accompanied with NEFT payment
receipt. The remaining registration fee of Rs.3000/- shall be paid in cash on arrival at LBC office. All registration
forms should be routed through Mr. Sanjay Antony. The NASA India U-Sec of the institution or his representative
shall take initiative to make payment and complete the registration formalities in collaboration with Mr.Sanjay. It is
also suggested that the U-Sec may accompany the workshop participants to LBC. Also, USec or the Student
Representative should submit a bonafide certificate from the head of the Institution attached along

with the approved student list to LBC Office at the time of arrival.

Bank Details:
Name : Laurie Baker Centre for Habitat Studies
Bank: State Bank of India
Account Number:30862484963
Acoount type: Current Account
IFSC code: SBIN0013221
Branch: Peyad, Trivandrum (also known as Thiruvananthapuram)

Registration Process
Register Online

Pay advance amount of Rs.2500 x no of

particpants via NEFT transfer to LBC Bank

Fill the form manually and send the attested (by College
Dean/HOD ) scanned copy of the form to along with receipt of NEFT payment.

Submit the original hard copies of :

1.The registration form
2.Receipt of NEFT payment

3.Bonafide Certificate at the time of arrival in LBC.

Arrival and Departure:

The students are expected to arrive one day before the workshop and leave the campus the next day of the
workshop before noon. Free food and accommodation will be provided for these periods of stay. However,
accommodation shall be provide beyond this period at extra payment of Rs 150/- per day per student.

Pick-up and Drop-off:

The LBC will arrange free pickup and drop-off vehicle service at Thiruvananthapuram railway station/Kochuveli
railway station.