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Rehabilitation of Leh, Ladakh, India
hello .
i am amit jaiswal. fianl yr student of architecture in lucknow.i am doing thesis topic in rehabilitation for leh ,(flood of 2010) ,can any one suggest for this topic like working in extreme climate and hill architecture system and vernacular architecture system in cold region.
Amit Jaiswal
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Rehabilitation of Leh, Ladakh, India
Amit, Given that floods usually sweep away most things on flood plains, then the traditonal custom is for people to build on slopes near to but not on the flood plains.

So given that the terrain of Ladakh is hilly, then the people there are more fortunate than those who have to live on flood plains.

The only real long-term measure is to plant as many tree saplings as possible, because trees soak up excess water in the soil and stabilise slopes.
Frank John Snelling
Rehabilitation of Leh, Ladakh, India
Frank John Snelling,
thanking you sir for your kind information . dear sir have you any project information about these type of architecture . i have also done various case studies on leh India.
Amit Jaiswal
Rehabilitation of Leh, Ladakh, India
Amit, I assume you are referring to other similar forms of vernacular architecture. From memory, I believe that the vernacular architecture of the Berber people in Northern Africa is similar to that of Ladakh, ie multiple levels of housing upon slopes, where the roof of a lower level house becomes the front yard of the house above. And you could look at the vernacular architecture of the Native American Pueblo people in Arizona, etc.

Another thought, which may be more useful, is the ancient Inca culture of Peru in South America, because the Inca people lived in high mountain valleys, irrigated their crops with water channels and terraced many hillside slopes to grow crops.
Frank John Snelling
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