Research and Development

ASADI has experienced faculty and active researchers with substantial research output and publications in established International Journals and strive to carry out relevant and impactful research in diverse areas of Architecture, Planning, Urbanism and Technology.

Research at ASADI addresses critical issues and reflects upon regional discourses about architecture and urbanism and aims at contributing to the advancement of knowledge that informs architectural and design practices, that contribute to the creation of livable environments, and that reflects an ethical responsibility toward the environment, culture, and society.

ASADI looks at research within two perspectives:

a) Research that seeks to comprehend the future through a better perception of the past, i.e., research that tests accepted ideas,

b) Research that probes novel ideas and concepts that will shape the future, i.e., research that develops new visions and conceptual understandings.

Therefore, the research focus at ASADI is wide in scope and addresses a spectrum of issues that are technically oriented, conceptually focused, and/or philosophically and historically driven in the field. The students and faculty actively participate in National & International conferences and seminars. ASADI has hosted several workshops, lectures and conferences to establish a research driven learning environment at the school.

Research and Development

Home and Hope for the Billion

ASADI is proud that every student contributes significantly to this noble cause; the telling example is their low cost housing project intended to provide shelter for the billions of homeless people in the world. Similarly, ASADI strongly believes that the students should be involved in R& D work from the early stages itself. Also very important is the fact that the school should promote a sense of concern in the minds of the students for the needy. The project “Home and Hope for the Billion” is a major project envisaged after a great deal of thought process.

Sri. Binoy Viswam, Former Minister of Housing, Government of Kerala, has been a major force in the development of this project. He has already addressed our students and the concerned faculty members of the need to develop this formidable and at the same time novel project of this stature.

The project is proposed as a10 year long program wherein the students of 2nd year and 3rd year B.Arch course are first exposed to R & D work, undertaking as six teams. The various subjects dealt by the teams are:

Social Acceptance
Sustainability aspects
This project, which initially started last year, continued to this year wherein seventy students submitted their individual designs based on their independent analysis of their R & D work. A month back, three senior architects, Ar. Sajan Pulimood, Ar. Jayanand Kilikar and Ar. Saira Mathew short listed 12 best designs from the shortlisted entries.

Though a relatively young institute, ASADI with its own unique philosophy and techniques has already caught the attention of academic leaders in the country and accolades continue to flow in.

Survey Report for IGBC Green Village certification of Mulavukad Village, Ernakulam, Kerala

Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) is a pioneer in the country in creating awareness of going green in all aspects of construction industry. It was established in 2001, when the green building concept was totally a strange thing to the country, though green building movement had developed in many other countries including US, Australia and few parts of Europe. After launching IGBC, the first green building was constructed in 2003 for the IGBC head quarters in Hyderabad, making it the greenest building in the world that year. From just 20000 Sqft of green building footprint in 2003, today IGBC has been able to rate more than 4.7 billion Sqft of green building under different rating systems.

Last year IGBC launched a special rating for Villages with an objective of making the entire country green , based on the awareness that India still lives in the villages in spite of rapid urban development. Several Villages in the North East and North region in the country have already been converted in to Green Villages under IGBC Green Village Rating. IGBC has impressed upon the present Panchayath committee to make the Mulavukad Panchayath as the first Green Village in Kerala and possibly the first in South India in case the project is swiftly progressed.

The IGBC Kochi Chapter has taken initiatives in this regards and already undertaken a detailed survey of the entire Village as a first step. This has been possible by the active involvement of the Panchayath President Ms. Viji Shajan and all other dedicated Ward members. The copy of the initial Survey is attaching herewith.

The second phase of the project includes developing a detailed plan based on thr suggestions received from each ward member and the third phase comprises of estimation of cost for the proposed development activities. The 3rd year students of Asian School of Architecture and Design Innovation ( ASADI), Vytila, volunteered to take up the task of preparing the conceptual development plan towards the greening of Mulavukad Village towards securing IGBC Platinum Certification 

Basic needs of Mulavukad Garama Panchayath
Prelude : Viji Shajan , Panchayath President, Mulavukad Panchayath

Mulavukad Grama Panchayath is a small village situated very close to Cochin city comprising of two islands named as Mulavukad and Vallarpadom. The village is in the developing stage and it requires lot more infrastructure development and facility up gradation for the betterment.   
1.Waste management 
Plastic and solid waste is the major waste from villagers. Most of the plastic is disposed off by throwing it to rivers and backwaters. The water bodies are contaminated due to this and resulted in degradation of marine resources .One of the major problem faced by the Panchayath is the non availability of land for disposing the waste .Thus the systematic control of waste and waste management becomes a major priority. 
2, Horticulture
In order to promote organic cultivation of vegetables, grow bags can be given to all houses. This can be initiated and promoted through “Kudumbasree” units and this may help them to gain some additional income. The Mulavukad Co- operative bank, agricultural department and Panchayath are interested in supporting organic cultivation and conventional “Pokkali” cultivation in the village.
3, Sanitation
Mulavukad Panchayath is declared as an ODF. But, more developments in the field of sanitation are necessary. The Panchayath is vigilant in implementing the best practices in this area. More modern toilets and bio toilets can be installed in various public places.
4, Infrastructure
The existing Main roads and link roads are not enough to serve the transportation requirements across the village. Development of Main road, Link roads, constructions of new roads and bridges , construction of sewage canals are one of the major concern area.
The “Keraleswaram” bridge needs immediate maintenance. Infrastructure development in “ Anganvaadi” and Govt. Schools should be taken care. Lack of good play grounds and other related infrastructure is another major issue in the Panchayath. The development of cultural centers, arts and sports hubs needs to be addressed.
In order to promote renewable resources of energy, Solar street lamps across the Panchayath are recommended.

4, Tourism 
Mulavukad village have great potential in terms of Tourism. Beautification and infrastructure development of the various tourism spots will encourage tourism in the village. Walkways, Floating restaurants, boating facilities, beach development etc. are proposed as part of the tourism development.
5, Health
Health and Wellness is another major area. One PHC and 2 sub centers are there in the Panchayath. The infrastructure needs improvement. One ambulance is required for the paliative care unit. Old age home and Bud’s school are under construction.
6, Water supply
The water supply facility in the village is very poor. 2 water tanks are there in each islands but the condition of these water tanks are so poor due to non maintenance. New water tanks in both the islands are there in the hotlist. The water pipe line system needs improvement. The Panchayath constructed one pond at Mulavukad north and it can be used for drinking water supply. There are more than 500 houses that need immediate drinking water pipe connection.

Ward Wise Survey Report
Mulavukad Village, Ward – 1

Ward Member: Deepthi Sajan
1. Construction  of new road from Ambalaparambu to Ayanikad
2. Construction of new road from bus stand to puthiya road
3. Bund and pavement  construction at poozhithodu
4. Implement waste management system across the ward especially to segregate plastic wastes
5. Construct  sewage canal on both sides of main road
6. Construct pavement to connect ward 16 and ward 1
7. Install solar lamps in the streets

Mulavukad Village, Ward – 2

Ward Member: Mini Paul
1. Replacement of old public drinking water taps in the ward
2. Bund construction to prevent the saline water
3. Drinking water processing plant
4. Construction and development of canals

Mulavukad Village, Ward – 4
Ward Member: M R Rajeev
1. Construction of waiting shed and cultural centre
2. Bio Bin in all houses for waste disposal
3. Maintenance of keraleshwarapuram bridge
4. Solar streets across the ward
5. Sewage canal construction in kurishingal road
6. Stone wall construction for prevention from Saline water
7. Promotion of organic farming 

Mulavukad Village, Ward – 5
Ward Member: Benny
1. Promote Bio bin, Bio pot and Biogas in all the houses
2. Create awareness in order to reduce the use of plastic
3. Implement proper mechanism to collect and dispose wastes.
4. Build model roads – Stella Maris road and Ambhedkar colony link road
5. Ensure drinking water supply to all houses
6. Rain water harvesting system should be installed in each and every houses in the ward
7. Increase the depth of ponds and canals 
8. Construct new water tank in Ponnarimangalam
9. Replace the existing water supply pipes.

Mulavukad Village, Ward – 6

Ward Member: Antony Aneesh
1. Construction of Model Road – Cicily Jetty road 
2. Development of panchayath play ground and park
3. Protect Puthuvady thodu, Eliyathodath thodu, Kulathara thodu and kurupputhara thodu from rivulets and saline water

Mulavukad Village, Ward – 7

Ward Member: Bony Aruja
1. Convert the exisiting play ground as an arts and sports center
2. Beautification of land near Mulavukad Police station ( Garden and rest house)
3. Provide Bio- waste bins to each and every house in the ward
4. Construct road and sewage canal near Anglo Indian School road
5. Implement efficient systems to prevent aggression of saline water
6. Development of Kattath canal, choolakkal padannaparambu canal, Kaithakad maniyanthara canal, Pandaraparambu Lopez canal and Hospital - Rachana library canal

Mulavukad Village, Ward – 8

Ward Member: Ramesh K R
1. Beautification of road under Container road bridge
2. Improve the rivulets in the ward so that the Aqua culture can be promoted
3. Solve the acute shortage of drinking water
4. Beautification of main road
5. Development of play grounds in the ward

Mulavukad Village, Ward – 9

Ward Member: Felsy
1. Conduct awareness session on waste management in the ward
2. Provide pipe compost to the 396 houses in the ward.
3. Prevention of water bodies : cleaning of Avarachan Thodu 
4. Eradicate drinking water shortage : pipe connection to all houses
5. Development of link road between Container road and water tank
6. Development of methassery road
7. Bio toilet in houses across the ward
8. Smart class rooms in the High school
9. Development of the existing playground and library
10. Development of basic infrastructure in the “Anganvaadi”
11. Provide Grow bags to all houses in order to promote organic farming
12. Install solar street lights in the ward
13. Infrastructure development in the hospital

Mulavukad Village, Ward – 10

Ward Member: P R Sasi
1. Construction of connectivity road between ward 9 and 10
2. Sewage canal construction at Madathara, pullithara and Kadeparambu
3. Construct a new water tank
4. Construction of cultural center near service road
5. Encourage organic kitchen garden  in all houses

Mulavukad Village, Ward – 11

Ward Member: Mejo C M 
1. New “Anganvadi” and Library in ward 11
2. Canal construction at Methassery Ponjikara Rafi Road and North Jetty road
3. Completion of Pallathuparambu North West line road

Mulavukad Village, Ward – 12

Ward Member: Viji Shajan 
1. Waste processing plant
2. Drinking water supply to all houses
3. Upgrade existing street lights to solar lights
4. Development of roads
5. Day Dwelling facility in the bare land of Port trust
6. Infrastructure development of Anganvadi

Mulavukad Village, Ward – 13

Ward Member: Adv. Elsy George
1. A Green toilet at Vallarpadam Junction 
2. Anganvadi  block 
3. Incinerator to process wastes 
4. New road construction from Aanavathikkal to kandathara.
5. Construction of old post office lane road 

Mulavukad Village, Ward – 14

Ward Member : M R Madhu
     1. Conduct awareness session on green village across the village
     2. Promote conventional organic farming system. 
     3. Implement proper actions to control the dumping of wastes in public places
     4. Implement systems to control saline water during tide variations
     5. Build new canals in the existing roads to eradicate water logging
     6. Ensure public participation.

Mulavukad Village, Ward - 15    
Ward Member: T A Indira                                                           
1. Renewal of crematorium 
2. Day dwelling at malikapparambu colony 
3. Road construction at kalluveettil 
4. Development of kollamparamb road , south road sahaya saugam , kinco jelly south road 

Mulavukad Village , Ward -16
Ward Member : Rose Mary
1. Development of pipeline road (new road ), Kadavil Parambu road, Koonacharathodu road, Kadavaram road, Poozhithodu and Pullithara road.
2. Construction of new “Anganvadi”
5 Promote organic farming in the available agricultural land
6 Modification of the existing pond and construction of a park.
7 Implement proper waste management system across the ward
8 Promote Aqua-culture.