Founder of Doodle Studio, Vaishaly is a Delhi based architect with expertise in Sustainable architecture. Her thesis project had bagged the 2016 INSDAG National Award for Innovative Use of Steel. Working as a green building analyst at Environmental Design Solutions (EDS) for 3 years now, she has had significant experience in handling building rating systems and striving for net-zero buildings.
In a talk with DesignTerrains, Vaishaly uncovers her experience in building analysis and passion for ‘Green Architecture’. With Pushpangan being a milestone in her journey, she explains the challenges of working with unconventional building techniques.
DesignTerrains (DT) : Congratulations Vaishaly on realizing your first sustainable project, your own residence Pushpangan. What inspirited you to independently take up this challenge of building sustainably?
Vaishaly (VA) : My love for creating a better world made me take this challenge. Since college, I have been incorporating sustainability aspects in each of my studio projects. I wanted to implement them in real life as well.
DT : That’s a great first step! Amongst the featured low impact techniques of this project, which one in your opinion was the most backbreaking to achieve?
VA : I would say, getting bamboo work done on-site was the most challenging one. As we do not get skilled labor to work on this material in the Noida region, I planned a bamboo workshop at the site itself. Around 10 people participated from varied backgrounds and we did the whole cutting, finishing, chemical treatment of bamboo on our own. Only the installation was taken care of by the site workers. It was a great experience for me and I will always be grateful to all those who participated during that time.
DT : Glad that you found peer support.
You are currently developing an online course for daylight analysis using grasshopper plugin. To what extent do you believe software can help build climate responsive architecture?
VA : The world is growing each day and so are the tools to do analysis or create anything around. Fundamentals of designing or analysis remain the way they are, these tools help us to reduce our time and take quick decisions by comparing ‘n’ number of results. Also, to analyze a single zone or a building manually, seems doable fundamentally, but can you think of doing the same for a big housing project which has so many different spaces? No right. Such tools come handy for such instances.
DT : Starting your career at EDS must have been an affirmative personal step towards going beyond routine architecture. However, what convinced you to shift from building design to building analysis?
VA : So it all started during my thesis, when I got more interested in this domain, and to figure out what happens in this area, I joined EDS. After that, I realized the importance of early design decision making and how it impacts the overall environment and running cost of the project. And when you see all of this in figures, you believe it. That belief led to the shift.
DT : A shift for the greater good indeed!
As a green building analyst, you must be weighing out inefficient construction practices and creating synergies in most of your projects. In a conventional construction process, which according to you is a widely practiced yet most unsustainable building technique?
VA : I think use of burnt clay bricks has been followed for a long time and is one of the most environment harming technique. Even today, while knowing all about the environmental concerns, people do not wish to use an alternate material, especially for residences. Awareness and education in this sector is needed.
DT : That’s true! Our immediate plan of action must encompass rightly educating.
Green building seminars, at different architecture schools, have invited you in the past year for a talk. Do you find that there is a growing curiosity among students for the adaptation of sustainable aspects in academic design projects?
VA : Yes for sure. People are now getting conscious about the environment. Though we have started late, I believe if every student builds in this conscious nature from the start of their academics, we can change the world.
DT : Undeniably true! With this project, Doodle Studio has set up a benchmark for itself. What are the values that it would like to commit for the future projects?
VA : I did manage to build a nearly zero-energy residence. Due to unavailability and high cost of natural material around the site, I had to work with whatever best I could choose from the locally available material (like fly ash bricks, PPC cement, etc) for building the structure. And to offset my energy use, I managed to install photovoltaic on the rooftop. In future, I will be more focused on using better material and cutting down on carbon footprint, waste, and water as much as possible.
We thank Vaishaly for inspiring our readers. Follow her work at Doodle Studio on Instagram, where she shares insight to site details as well!