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Konchur Sustainable Model Village

Konchur, Karnataka, India
Residential, Urban, Institutional, Recreational, Landscape,
Sustainability, Innovation, Context, Public,
Under Construction, In Progress,
Design Team -

Architecture BRIO + Billionbricks

Size -

30 Ha.

Program -

public space, sanitation, education

Client -


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.

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But what if this scenario is reversed in the coming years and we could make the village a self sustained place where people are given more employment opportunities, a better standard of living and can attract the city dwellers to come invest in the village and promote it as a tourist friendly place ?

Since Independence, India has experienced massive urbanisation. With economic liberalization of the 1990s, the pace further increased and 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 which can be harnessed with new livelihood options, improved infrastructure and an up gradation of quality of life. billionBricks believes, a strong vision, clear planning strategy and stakeholder resourcefulness can help transform rural areas.

Aerial View of Konchur with the ACC cement plant in the distance

Limestone is used in abundance for roofs and walls


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

harsh working conditions in quarries

women working in limestone quarries

participatory meetings with the stakeholders of Konchur

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 Sari ’s, 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