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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.

Rare video clip of Laurie Bake talking about his architectural principles, why we need to conserve natural resources, the benefits of lime and his philosophy of avoiding wastage

A succinct overview of Laurie Baker's work, influences and philiosophy - credit: Kamal Kamaraju



Brick Master: Laurie Baker Architectural Genius - A documentary in 3 parts


Laurie Baker: Poor Man's Architect - A biography: A documentary in 3 parts


Dream Homes TV Series in Malayalam:

News Channel coverage in Kerala:


 The Centre for Development Studies


Chengalchoola Slum Rehabilitation Colony

The Hamlet

Loyola Chapel

Loyola Girls Hostel

Abu Abraham Residence

Lt. Colonel Jacob Residence


Namboothiri Residence


 Laurie Baker Centre (formerly Nav Yatra) 


CSI Church Extension

The Hamlet: This is Baker's home in Trivandrum. Take a closer look at this remarkable and unique house built on five levels on a plot of land along the slope of a rocky hill, with limited access to water: conditions most people would never dream of building anything much less their homes under! However Baker's genius has created a wonderful home for his family.




Photo Set 1: The Doghouse and Niecerie









Photo Set 2: The Entrance to the House









Photo Set 3: Mastery of Light









Photo Set 4: Inner Courtyard and Garden









Photo Set 5: Detail Photos