Resort

Topics: Kerala, Tourism in Kerala, Vembanad Lake Pages: 48 (14779 words) Published: June 24, 2013
Eco-resort in Rural India

Georgy Rajan ID: 1259898

A Research Project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture Professional Unitec Institute of Technology, 2011

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT First and foremost I offer my gratitude to my supervisors and all the other staff members at Unitec who have helped guide me through this project. I would especially like to acknowledge and thank Krystina Kaza for her continued support and encouragement with this project. I would also like to thank my uncle Titto Kainady, for his guidance in understanding the site and its importance to the area and architect, Tony Joseph, for helping me understand the different elements of Kerala architecture. Finally, I would specially like to thank my parents, Rajan and Tancy, for their continued support and encouragement through my architectural studies. To all my friends, thank you for standing by me in this incredible journey. I dedicate this project to my granddad who passed away last year. This project was his dream.

ABSTRACT This research project aims to develop a design for an eco-resort in rural Kerala, India. The research is based upon the theoretical influence of Hitesh Mehta and his exploration of the principles of eco-tourism. An important element of this project is gaining a theoretical understanding of the forms of local architecture and their methods of construction. The project aims to deal with the site, climate and the culture in a detailed way. The site chosen for the project is located on an iconic island in the heart of the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. The site is currently a working plantation and the project is proposed as a way to promote conservation of the island.

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1.0 Introduction .................................................................................................................................................................................................... 9 1.1 Aim .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 9 1.2 Purpose ....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 9 1.3 Methodology ..............................................................................................................................................................................................10 2.0 Define Project .................................................................................................................................................................................................11 2.1 What is Eco-tourism? ..................................................................................................................................................................................11 2.0 Site .............................................................................................................................................................................................................12 2.21 Location ................................................................................................................................................................................................12 2.22 Site History ...........................................................................................................................................................................................13 2.23 The Site .................................................................................................................................................................................................14 2.23 Climate...

References: Wunrn.com, http://www.wunrn.com/news/2007/03_07/03_26_07/040107_matriarchy.htm (accessed 3 May 2011) Mehta, Hitesh. Authentic Ecolodges, New York, NY: Harper Collins, 2010 65 | P a g e
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