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Uncommon Sense Film Released! Screenings running to fully packed theatres across the world in 2017:

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Movie Featurette Just released! The 6 minute movie featurette preview for the film "Uncommon Sense: The Life and Architecture of Laurie Baker"!

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Trailer for "Uncommon Sense: The Life and Architecture of Laurie Baker" released!

The first trailer for "Uncommon Sense: The Life and Architecture of Laurie Baker" has been released! Thank you for you patience. Please enjoy in 720p or 1080p HD and be sure your speakers/headphones are on for the best effect. 

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Filming of the Laurie Baker Film has completed! Over 100 hours of footage of over 50 buildings and interviews with over 30 architects, clients, urban planners, family, friends and unprecedented access to archival footage, photos and Baker's writings, sketches and plans. Here are some updated stills from the film. Look out for more previews and the trailer soon here or at the official FB page!

Collage Baker Buildings from Film

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Latest Update April 29th 2014: Stills from the ongoing filming work on the documentary : Here are some screen captures from the ongoing work shooting at the Centre for Development Studies for the full length official documentary on Laurie Baker, his works and his life. Enjoy! (Apologies for the ghastly copyright text but we've encountered outright theft of work the last few months online so not taking any chances!)


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Update February 7th 2014: Official Laurie Baker Documentary and Book

Research work is underway for the official biographical documentary and companion book. The goal is to go beyond the superficiality of architectural elements & construction techniques and explore the story of the man behind the architect- understand why he built the way he did, what social goals he sought to achieve through his construction, the relevance of his ideas today, an exploration of his persona through anecdotes recounted by close friends, clients, architects influenced by his work, and never before seen footage of Baker himself and his family. The book will contain an updated catalog of Baker's buildings along with several exclusive photos, sketches, plans and writing from Baker's personal archives. 

We are currently on the lookout for more technicians (video, sound, editing, etc) for the documentary. If you are interested or know someone who is interested to join in the process of making what promises to be the first definitive full length documentary of Laurie Baker please use the contact form to get in touch with the subject "Documentary". If you would like to submit any photos of Baker buildings to be included in the book or documentary please use the subject "Photo submission".

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February 1st 2014:

Documentary added: A 1987 documentary by R Nanda Kumar - the video quality is poor and the audio is out of sync but the real value is to be able to see Baker give such simple yet powerful answers and demonstrate and explain the reasons why he use various construction techniques. It also gives a glimpse into his intense love and admiration for India's vernacular architecture and traditional craftsmanship techniques. Everything Baker does is driving by one all consuming passion - to provide a home for every Indian.


This is the official website of Laurence Wilfred Baker (Laurie Baker), renowned British-born Indian architect and humanitarian.

The site provides information about his life, his beliefs, his work and his architectural principles of cost-effectiveness, use of locally available materials, respect for nature, avoidance of energy-intensive materials and wastage minimization to create low-cost, beautiful, high quality buildings which long pre-empted modern concepts such as eco-friendliness and sustainable architecture.

Baker's body of work is significant both in terms of the volume and sheer diversity as well as in terms of the innovative and practical concepts he introduced. He has designed and built a dance village, computer institutes, fishermen’s huts, chapels and churches, factories, schools, film studios, orphanages, tourist resorts, residences, technical institutes, earthquake and tsunami resistant houses, leprosy homes, a Literacy Village, hostels, slum dwellings improvement, an ornithology centre, government buildings, a blind children’s international school and a museum. In Kerala alone, he has built over 2000 buildings. He has also done pioneering work into earthquake and tsunami proof housing.

Laurie Baker was also an accomplished cartoonist, artist and innovative designer. He has been at various times of his life an anesthetist, a nurse, a missionary and an architect. He served in the Second World War in the Friends Ambulance Unit and lived for four years in isolation in remote China taking care of lepers. After a meeting with Gandhiji he was convinced to come to India, initially as the chief architect of the Mission to Lepers building leper homes throughout India. He has since lived in Pithoragarh in the foothills of the Himalayas building hospitals and schools and in the tribal areas of Vagamon in Kerala before finally settling down in the city of Trivandrum.

This website is dedicated to the life and work of this truly multi-faceted yet unassuming man.




The Other Side of Laurie Baker
by Elizabeth Baker
ISBN 81-264-1462-6
Rs. 90.00

DC Books, Kottayam 686 001
Kerala State, India
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To Buy Online:

From Outside India:

Available for purchase online at: Scholars Without Borders

International shipping info


Indulekha Bookstore: 

How to Buy from indulekha (look at the column on the right)

From India:
online bookstore :

(Select "Elizabeth Baker" from the Author dropdown box)

Read more about his remarkably varied life spanning England, China, the Himalayan foothills, and the tribal forest of Kerala which were to unquestionably influenced his ideas on architecture in the this section


The photos in this section are largely from the private family collection with some contributions from friends, clients and well-wishers. The list is by no means exhaustive and if you have any pictures of Laurie Baker or any of his buildings and would like to contribute them for inclusion in this section please send an email to vineetradhakrishnan (at) gmail (dot) com with the photos attached.

Starting February 2014, an attempt is being made to re-catalog and archive Laurie Baker's buildings through 360 panoramic photos and high resolution videos. If you own a house or know of someone who owns a house or building designed and/or constructed by Laurie Baker and would like to participate in the cataloging process please use this contact form