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Revamping Garli Village Settlement Via Social Incorporation for a Smart Society



The Garli village, Kangra district is one of the first villages of India to have “heritage zone” status. The village is the actual homeland of Sood community. They showcased their opulence for by building monuments, villas and bungalows in their local village Garli. The structures in this village have a combine of many architectural styles with Indo-Saracenic as a predominate one. Most of the building in this village represents power & influence of Britishers who chose Shimla as their summer capital. Most problems in rural India are universal and can be addressed where ever one is with simple and innovative Architectural Interventions; on the contrary, re-modeling of the village on a hill for a smart society calls for several additive contextual factors like landslide prevention, smart sourcing, use of animals as resource, zoned construction, etc. Thus, the basic concept for SMART society undertaken is this development is transforming settlements from within by focusing on regional and community design, water conservation, energy flow and energy future, judicious land use and site ecology, bio-diversity with “highest sustainability” as a concept at stake in an architect’s hand.

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