Design Architecture: Cost Effective Solutions to Climate Change

By Parul Kumtha and Sivaram Vemuri.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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This paper highlights the need for recognizing the role of architectural design in providing a cost effective solutions to climate change. Section one of the paper highlights the existing discipline oriented search for solutions to climate change. It will suggest the need for not only recognizing the role played by uncertainty in understanding actual impacts of climate change but also the significance of revitalizing the past information, present expectations and future realizations. Section two presents case studies from India that address issues of complexities in dealing with climate change. These case studies will point out the need for developing interdisciplinary approaches to address solutions for climate change. Finally section three of the paper discusses how design and architecture play an important role for proving cost effective solutions in the near future.

Keywords: Interdisciplinary

The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.17-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.487MB).

Parul Kumtha

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Parul Kumtha received her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Mumbai and is trained in conservation with Bombay Natural History Society. Currently she is Project Director for the NGO CitiSpace (a Citizens’ Forum for Protection of Public Spaces), on a project to Preserve the Reserved Open Spaces of Greater Mumbai as well as a visiting lecturer with Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai, India, where she has formulated elective courses for the University of Mumbai’s Bachelor of Architecture course in ‘Conservation of Natural Heritage and Environment’ and ‘Designing for the Differently Abled’, which are her research interests.

Sivaram Vemuri

Associate Professor, School of Law & Business, Faculty of Law, Business and Arts, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, Australia

Siva Ram Vemuri (Ram) received his Batchelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Western Australia, a Master of Arts from University of Bombay and his doctorate from University of Birmingham, Engalnd. Since 1976, Ram has worked in various academic institutions inclduing University of Birmingham (England), Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay), Yarmouk Univeristy (Jordan), University of Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby). Currently he is Associate Professor of Economics at Charles Darwin University (Darwin). His research expertise is in the area of interdisciplinary environmental management, health care planning, macroeconomic management, Economic impact assessment and sustainable development, role of indigenous knowledge systems in decision making and Natural resource management including waste management.


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