March 21 2024

Net Zero Tropical Urbanism

TS India Lab kick-off lecture at Transsolar Spring Project Day 2024

the TS India Lab was kicked off on our project day with a guest lecture by the renowned Indian architect Ashok B. Lall. The Cambridge (U.K.) alumni established his architectural firm in 1981 and is committed to an architectural practice based on the principles of environmental sustainability and social responsibility. He believes that architectural practice today must address not only in India social inequity, cultural subversion and environmental impact. Mr. Lall is engaged in architectural education since 1990. Over the last decade, he has conducted and supported research toward Low-carbon Futures for Urbanisation in India. See Ashok B Lall Architects >

Lecture video >

The goal of TS India Lab is to provide a running laboratory to ask small questions which eventually lead us to bigger questions that we seek answers to: How can our work be relevant in other parts of the world ? Can these places potentially offer a new market for future Transsolar? What are the challenges these regions face and how can we best learn and innovate here? How is our climate responsive knowledge relevant in cultures that we are not familiar with? How do we approach people involved if we want to build successful and sustainable relationships?

Initiator: Aarti Dhingra

Aarti is architect by training with many years of work experience in ecological design, sustainability, and design for social impact. She focusses on designing spaces that are in harmony with nature and foster holistic well-being. When she is not working in Europe, you can find her in the Kumaon hills in India working on her passion project – a rigorous ongoing action-research in developing sustainable building practices through indigenous knowledge in the Central Himalayas. Aarti leads the Transsolar World Academy.