SIFFS (South Indian Federation of Fishermen Societies) is doing two tusnami reconstruction projects in Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu, in the east coast of India. One involves the construction of about 400 houses and another project involves about 1200 houses.
The details of the projects such as the salient features, the approach, how it is being done etc. can be seen in the website exclusively for the project. www.tarangambadi.in
We want to customize each house and there is a dialogue with each of the house owners at every stage of the construction. Construction of more than 100 houses have begun. Both the projects are going to be done with the participation of the beneficiaries and not through any contractors.
In addiition to the designing of the new houses, there is the repair and upgradation of some of the existing houses which are being done. Tarangambadi is ahistoric town with a Danish Fort (1620 A D) and a temple (14thC AD) etc.
Also SIFFS is not interested in just designing houses, but the settlement as a whole. We have done some studies, but still more to be done.
From the 15th of April 2006 onwards, we would like to start a summer internship programme. The programme will be there till July 15th. There will be some lectures, field visits and site experience is also
The programme is open to architects, planners, urban designers,sociologists, civil engineers including the students. The number of participants are limited to 25 at one point of time. The participants have to spend at least two weeks in the village and can get involved
in the various aspects of the project.
SIFFS will be providing a simple accommodation in the village itself. Food is also given free. The participants of internship programme will have to pay for their travel. Hotel accommodation at a twin
sharing basis can be arranged for Rs.300/- per person per night.
Please tell your friends, students etc. Those who are interested, please send the details to the following email address
With Best Regards,
First Floor, 53, Vasantha Avenue,
MRC Nagar, RA Puram, Chennai 600028.
Tel: 91 44 24642941, 24614794