apr 8th, 2007
baker houses are simple, made of unplastered brick, airy, and quite beautiful. using local materials and traditional techniques, with sloping roofs, esthetically pleasing and remarkably efficient in terms of land use and cost.
i understand he prepared a complete master plan for the ecologically sustainable development of the town of alappuzha, including preserving and renovating the ancient canals and waterways, which would have turned them from stinking garbage heaps into pleasant watery boulevards for travelers and residents. of course, this plan didn't have much by way of graft for politicians, so it is gathering dust somewhere.
RIP, laurie baker. finally you were defeated by the communists and others who have vowed to destroy traditional culture.