By Krittika Agarwal, Architect, Sustainable Architecture For Earth
Step into the home of the future envisioned by Architect and Interior Designer, Krittika Agarwal, which aims to showcase a significant transformation in architectural history. The Assam earthquake in 1897 led to the development of "Assam-type construction" in the Himalayan region, using lightweight timber, bamboo, and lime plaster to resist earthquakes. While institutional development began in the late 1950s, unregulated urbanization has shifted the region towards concrete and steel buildings, causing environmental concerns. To address this, Krittika believes there’s potential in reviving timber construction, which is more eco-friendly. Scientific research and digital tools can help further modernize this technique, making hybrid timber a suitable sustainable material for contemporary urban construction needs while preserving the cultural heritage and the environment.