Nikita Jagzap , Krishnendu Nair , Swamini Gawad , Hitashi Ambwani , Anushri Patil , Madhavi Kadam
Ar. Richa Raut
The exercise began with division of the class students into different groups, which was followed by selecting a region having a unique vernacular architecture. As a group of 6 we selected the Iraq region which is known for the mudhif architecture in minute details according to climate, material, structural system etc.
Mudhif architecture is made up of reeds which is a flexible material. The material provides the aid to build the houses which have domical roofs. Reed being a light-weight material, the self weight of the houses are less. The other characteristics associated with reeds are heat conductivity which allows the good conduction of humidity and thus allows passive cooling. The houses in mudhif architecture are oriented in north-west south-east direction for natural ventilation.
Thus, the vernacular architecture of mudhif helps us understand how materials, orientations, etc helps in achieving the most sustainable houses which survive till the date.