This book explores the socio-cultural and the tectonic aspects of Kerala's wooden architecture, which is deeply rooted in religious and secular customs and shaped by geo-climatic forces. e author's multi-disciplinary approach links the various ethnic groups residing in Kerala, and the mutual adoption and adaptation of construction systems within migrant groups. Despite being a living tradition serving millions of people, vernacular architecture in India has not received the academic and analytical attention it deserves. is volume attempts to ll this research gap, a need made more urgent by the fact that the built environment is changing and the traditional ways of building may get replaced by the modern much faster than we can imagine.
Prof. Miki Desai retired from CEPT University as the head of the Masters Program in Sustainable Architecture, the Faculty of Architecture, Ahmedabad after teaching there for 33 years. His firm ARCHICRAFTS is a research and documentation studio. Miki has had the EARTHWATCH grant, a Fulbright Fellowship, the Graham Grant and the Getty Collaborative Grant. He is the co-author of 3 books on Indian architecture and is the author of an exhibition catalogue. He has held exhibitions at the Rietberge Museum, Zurich in 1990 and at the Sanskar Kendra, Ahmedabad in 2012, in addition to contributing a chapter and a wooden model to an exhibition travelling to 6 German speaking countries in 1995. Recently he was a visiting scholar in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California at Berkeley.