The Laurie Baker Centre for Habitat Studies (LBC) was created by his friends, students and admirers to propagate his philosophy of the concept of sustainable development through research, extension, training, documentation, dissemination and networking. At its core, it is intended to include such areas as design and use of appropriate materials for buildings, creation of support facilities such as sanitation and drinking water, waste treatment, water harvesting and management, land development, promotion of non-conventional and eco-friendly sources of energy and creation of awareness of the need for sustainable development.
LBC Summer School 2014: LBC Summer School 2014 will be held during the period 19 May 2014 to 1 June 2014.
LBC-NASA Exposure Programme : In 2012 the Laurie Baker Centre for Habitat Studies has launched an exposure programme for students of architecture in different colleges in the country. For this a memorandum of understanding was signed with the National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA) to conduct a three day exposure programme on cost effective design techniques and principles. Under this programme architecture students from different colleges were exposed to alternatives in architecture that are cost effective, affordable, environment friendly and aesthetically appealing building construction techniques along with topics in habitat studies. A framework for this programme was anchored in the concept of Green Economy. During 2012 ten such training programmes have been conducted with an enrolment of around 700 students. The programme was a combination of lecture sessions, hands-on training, field visits, films and interactive sessions. 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.
India Winterim Programme : In collaboration with its sister organization COSTFORD, the LBC has been organizing an international training and visit programme since 2010. Such a programme is being conducted in collaboration with the International Development Programme called The India Winterim Programme, organized by the University of IOWA, USA. The students in this programme came from different disciplines spend a period of sixteen days.
Summer School on Green Habitat : The LBC is in the process of designing a summer school with a duration of three weeks for those interested in gaining knowledge in Green Habitat that will include architecture, cost-effective and affordable building construction, alternatives in energy, waste management, spatial planning, as well as economic and social issues related to Green Economy. This Summer Schoolis intended for senior students as well as young professional architects, planners, engineers, social activists as well as policy advisers.
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