The Project is about finding a “Gandhian” way in architecture and using that approach to design a post-riot rehabilitation for a community displaced by the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.
Communal riots wrack Muzaffarnagar in September, leaving the people scarred and homeless. This is the single largest incident of violence in Uttar Pradesh since Indian Independence affected almost fifty thousand people across nine villages. Overnight, people were forced to flee the homes they had been inhabiting for generations. This project is targeted at a community of100 such displaced families in kandhla village of Muzaffarnagar District, Uttar Pradesh. The total site area is 3.7ha. It includes one existing Madrasa and two ponds.
I lived on site for four months. Through community discussion and research, I realised that rehabilitation is not just building houses. A detailed emphasis has to be given on the lifestyle, social structure and economy of the community. This displacement is looked upon as an opportunity