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Booklets by Laurie Baker

(Published by the Centre of Science & Technology for Rural Development: COSTFORD)

Download Booklets 

Click the links below to download online copies of the booklets: 

1. Brickwork
2. Are slums inevitable?
3. Earthquake
4. Rural House Plans
5. Chamoli Earthquake Handbook
6. Houses - How to reduce building costs
7. Mud
8. Rubbish by Baker
9. Rural Community Buildings
10. Alleppey -
Venice of the East- A report.
11. Cost Reduction for Primary School Buildings.
12. Laurie Baker's Cost-Redution Manual.

The remaining booklets are available directly from COSTFORD or online here


Periodical Articles/Papers by Laurie Baker


“Alternative building materials: timeless mud.” In: Architecture & design, vol. 3, no. 3 (1987 Mar./Apr.), p. 32-35.

“Architecture and the people.” In: A + U: architecture and urbanism, n.12 (363) (2000 Dec.), p.69-73. (English and Japanese)

“Building at a low-cost.” In: Design (Bombay), v. 18, n. 2, (1974 Feb.), p. 27-33.

“Laurie Baker's cost-reduction manual.” In: A + U: architecture and urbanism, n.12 (363) (2000 Dec.), p.116-129. (English and Japanese)

Laurie Baker, `Low-Cost Buildings for All', Hindustan Times, New Delhi, 17 January 1974.

Laurie Baker, 'The Question of Taking Appropriate Building Technology to Pithoragarh', Science and Rural Development in Mountains, J.S. Singh, S.P. Singh and C. Shastri(eds.), Gyanodaya Prakashan, Naini Tal, 1980.

Laurie Baker, 'Is a Modern Indian Architecture Possible?', Spazio Societa, Milan, 1986.

Laurie Baker, 'The Housing Situation in the Light of Social Attitudes', Science Reel, Trivandrum University, Trivandrum, 1975.

Laurie Baker, 'Does Building Cost-Reduction Mean Sacrifice of Quality?', paper presented at a symposium on `Cost-Reduction Techniques in Building Construction', sponsored by GECSTA and the Department of Technical Education, March 1975.

Laurie Baker, `Cementlessness', Hindustan Times, New Delhi, 4 November 1974.

Laurie Baker, 'Architectural Anarchy', The India Magazine, August 1984.

Laurie Baker, 'A Spoilt Child's Toy Blocks', Indian Express, 21 March 1983.

Laurie Baker, 'Houses: How to Reduce Building Costs', Centre of Science and Technology for Rural Development (COSTFORD), July 1986.

Laurie Baker, 'The Industrial Designer and Housing', paper presented at the seminar on 'Design for Development', at the National Institute for Design, Ahmedabad, 1979.