BillionBricks and Architecture BRIO envision to empower Konchur (Karnataka) to turn into a Sustainable Model Village (Adarsh Gram) for New India by initiating strategic interventions and investments that are self scalable by the community. In the present day scenario, a large number of people are migrating from the village to the nearby cities in search of work, livelihood and a better quality of life.
But what if this scenario is reversed in the coming years? What if we could make the village a self sustained place where people are given more employment opportunities? What if they could find a better standard of living and can attract city dwellers to come invest in the village. Could the village be promoted as a tourist friendly place ?
Since Independence, India has experienced massive urbanisation. With economic liberalization of the 1990s, the pace further increased. It is expected that 40% of Indian population will be residing in urban areas by 2030. The infrastructure in cities has lagged leading to shortage of homes, spread of slums and homelessness in cities. For most rural migrants, the quality of life is worse in cities than in villages.
In order to reduce population pressure in cities it is important to improve opportunities and incentives in rural areas. There is tremendous untapped potential in our villages and rural districts. This can be harnessed with new livelihood options, improved infrastructure and an upgradation of quality of life. billionBricks believes, a strong vision, clear planning strategy and stakeholder resourcefulness can help transform rural areas.
Konchur Sustainable Model Village
Residential, Urban, Institutional, Recreational, Landscape
Sustainability, Innovation, Context, Public
Public Space, Sanitation, Education
Aerial View of Konchur with the ACC cement plant in the distance.
Limestone is used in abundance for roofs and walls.
Architectural Heritage in Konchur
Courtyard in Konchur
Open drains are a common sight
Water shortage is prevalent
entertainment in the hot afternoon under a tree
Konchur is located in a thriving cement and limestone belt of India.
survey map of Konchur
long term vision for Konchur streetscape
out of 500 families only 5 families have build toilets in recent years
The toilet is built using local quarry waste limestone laid in the traditional random rubble dry masonry construction
section of proposed community toilet
the design ensures light and ventilation with provision for elderly, and a focus on women centric design, prevention of leakages, seepage and growth of molds etc
larger cubicles for ease of draping Saris, bathing children, washing while sitting down in privacy for women.
the common courtyard space for women washing clothes and performing other activities in a semi-private setting.
with the use of the Ecosoftt system, 90% of the increased water consumption due to the installation of the toilets can be recovered
strategy for participation and advocacy
sanitation program including construction of water harvesting system and 150 individual toilets is in progress
meeting on the introduction of the construction of individual toilets with villagers.
small scale dairy farming in Konchur
development of new economic activities – promoting local entrepreneurship such as dairy farming