Envisioning and realizing sustainable construction and land design practices at eArthshala
Program Mission and Overarching Activities
eArth Nimaan is committed to showcasing sustainable construction practices that are both environmentally and socially responsible, while delivering high-performance buildings that prioritize energy efficiency and comfort.
We actively invest in social inclusion, fostering local employment by providing skill training to unskilled workers and semi-skilled artisans. By doing so, we aim to cultivate a pool of skilled artisans and create valuable job opportunities based on their expertise.
Healthy soil, clean water, and diverse and abundant life are crucial for rural communities to leverage their strengths and contribute significantly to global climate action. Our design approach places a high priority on conserving and enhancing these essential elements that sustain LIFE and promote human well-being
Sustainable Building technology
Passive solar and energy-efficient design
Natural materials and ventilation and lighting for enhanced micro-climate
Optimizing design for reduced carbon footprint
Nature-based sanitation solutions
Restoring natural habitats and ecosystems by bringing back biodiversity
Facilitating engaging experiences
Enhancing social interaction
Engaging with regenerative practices
Our approach incorporates passive solar design principles based on sun orientation and climate factors, along with the use of low-carbon footprint materials and modern technology to enhance durability. We will implement sustainable sanitation solutions and seamlessly integrate built and landscape spaces, providing a holistic experience. Through these integrated elements, we create energy-efficient buildings that promote natural ventilation, as well as outdoor spaces that foster well-being and have a positive impact on the environment.
470 sqm built-up area | capacity to host 100-150
The training hall promotes collaborative learning and exploration, with high-pitched bamboo roofing, ample natural light, and ventilation creating a comfortable and inviting space. The walls are constructed with sturdy sundried adobe bricks, skillfully crafted by local women, and the load-bearing design eliminates the need for concrete columns, contributing to the space's sustainable and eco-friendly features.
Primary Donor: Infosys Foundation
Rural Innovation Studio
Desk space for 22
Covered terrace for 40-50 people with additional split-out
170 sqm (ground) and 80 sqm (covered terrace) = 250 sqm
A space designed to foster cross-sectoral collaboration and ideation towards inclusive and sustainable development in under-invested districts. It has a blend of personal workspaces and shared areas, creating a comfortable and stimulating environment for individuals and small groups alike.
Primary Donor: Ashraya Hastha Trust
Mud Cottage (Karigar Niwas)
Our double occupancy rooms are built by merging various local technologies, including thatch and bamboo-based wattle and daub, to create an authentic and sustainable living space. We also incorporate low-cost architectural elements for natural ventilation, such as bamboo shutter windows and vents, to ensure a comfortable and refreshing indoor environment. The outdoor common washroom is shared among guests.
Primary Donor: Ashraya Hastha Trust
Our Training Hall and Rural Innovation Studio are the results of a collaborative effort by the following partners:
Architectural: ThumbImpressions, Ahmedabad
Structural: Strucart Design Consultants, Ahmedabad
Electrical, Plumbing: Airtech Consultancy Services, Kolkata
Project Management, and on-site Skill Training: Project Potential Trust
The inspiring journey of Surat Ji (Universe's Gift to eArthshala) is a testament to the exceptional design abilities that exist in rural India. His remarkable talent for finding creative solutions to architecture and furnishing challenges showcases the immense potential that remains untapped in rural communities.
His story is a reminder to us of the need to prioritize opportunities that enable rural talent to find expression and nurture traditional skills and knowledge. By doing so, we can create dynamic, self-reliant rural communities that thrive on their unique strengths and contributions.