(Tamil Heritage Trust)
Relevance of traditional construction techniques in the modern context
by Er. S. Rajendran
at 5.30pm on June 2nd, 2012
at Vinobha Hall, Thakkar Bapa Vidyalaya, T Nagar.
In an era of technological advancement and innovations where there are innumerable ways of building monuments and other structures, the age old techniques practiced by our ancestors are still a major source of inspiration and information.
Sadly somewhere in the past the continuity of this knowledge system has been lost so we are blindly searching for a new perspective of “engineering-understanding” which would cater to our transforming environments and lifestyle. Our perspective in the present context has lots of avenues of thoughts like the socio cultural, economical, eco friendliness, sustainability etc. But the outcome never seems to match the engineering feats that were achieved long back. So this lecture is an attempt to look back into our past for solutions and inspirations for our present needs.
This lecture will try to elaborate the techniques and the materials used in the ancient times starting with the foundation of a building up to the roof.
The inferences are notified are their relevance in our present context are pointed out.
S. Rajendran, a civil engineering graduate from Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirapalli, with a post graduate diploma in valuation and now doing Doctorate in “Valuation of Heritage Buildings and Heritage Monuments” Having wide experience of 37 years in the field of civil engineering, specialist in cost effective techniques, repairs and renovations of heritage buildings and monuments visiting faculty in many universities, a resource person for All India Council Of Technical Education since 1990. Owning a consulting firm, Adhiparasakthi and Associates, where his only son Ar.R.Sakthi Murugan a post graduate in conservation from school of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi is working as his managing partner. His Firm specializes in conservation works in heritage monuments and heritage structures, cost effective buildings and special homes.
Member of design team headed by Ar.Bejoy Ramachandran of Hundred hands, Bangalore, which won a commendation award from Architectural review UK, for the vaulted design in a project done for Hope at Trichy. Cost effective consultant for a house designed by Ar.Dhanasekar of ADG which won the First prize, Best Home in Tamil Nadu, Home Sweet Home by Dalmia Cements for the year 2011.
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