Projects

Greha has generated and been involved with various projects in the past, ranging from symposiums and comprehensive reports prepared for different governmental and non-governmental agencies, to instituting a school of architecture and an urban renewal initiative. Below is the list of all such projects; further details of each project will be made available soon:

International Conference on History of Architecture

December 2017
Presented by:
Greha
Venue:
Bikaner House, New Delhi

A three day conference is planned to discuss the study of history of architecture, with the participation of national and international scholars of eminence. The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has promoted this venture and promised financial support to cover costs of international travel. Collaboration is agreed with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH),the B R Ambedkar University Delhi and Building Beauty Program at University Suor Orsola Benincasa, Naples, Italy.

Z- Block Report for Sanitation Improvement Project

May 2017

The pilot project is a prototypical model for evolving and establishing a sanitation management program in Phase V, Z-Block, Aya Nagar. The Project is designed to demonstrate a decentralised sewage treatment mehod which will conserve water and can be maintained by the residents of the neighbourhood.

http://greha.org/sites/default/files/Z%20Block%20Report%202017.pdf

Aya Nagar Urban Sanitation Pilot Project Data

April 2017

Photo documentation presentation of Urban Sanitation projects in Aya Nagar.

Urban Sanitation Project

December 2016
Venue:
G Block, Aya Nagar, Delhi

Urban Sanitation Project is aimed at improving health outcomes and standard of living for 55 vulnerable families living in G Block, Aya Nagar in South- Western Delhi.

http://greha.org/sites/default/files/G%20block%20report%202017.pdf, http://greha.org/sites/default/files/Poster-01.pdf, http://greha.org/sites/default/files/Poster-02.pdf

Mehrauli Studio

November 2016
Keywords:

Mehrauli Collective - A Vision

The ancient settlement of Mehrauli is rich with history.

It is today a dense and active urban precinct of South Delhi.

A UNESCO certified World Heritage Site exists here and this draws visitors from all over the world.

The urban character of Mehrauli is defined by its historic monuments, which is evident to the itinerant visitor; as well as by the dilapidated state of its civic infrastructure, which is the day to day reality experienced by its inhabitants.

http://greha.org/sites/default/files/Community%20Embedded%20Approach%20for%20Conservation%20of%20Mehrauli%20Heritage%20Area.pdf

Towards a History of Architecture in India - Exploring Ways to Connect With Our Sense of Reality as it Reveals Our Architectural Legacy

August 2016
Presented by:
Greha
Keywords:

The history of architecture is presently research and written mostly by archeaologists and art historians. The approach has been to study buildings and monuments in a chronological matrix, separatign the object from its lived reality, rendering the study as a lifeless art form. Our attempt is to modify this approach and present architecture as lived reality discernible in building complexes which are part of urban as ewll as rural natural systems.

http://greha.org/sites/default/files/HOA%20-for%20ICCR%20Note%20for%20international%20seminar%20August%202016.pdf

Making Delhi a Liveable City by Improving Urban Sanitation

May 2016
Keywords:

Recent surveys carried out in Delhi have shown that 75 percent of its population is now living in informal settlements. The Delhi government defines eight types of settlements in the city, including 'planned colonies'. The others are; slum designated areas, jhuggi jhopri clusters, unauthorised colonies, regularised unauthorised colonies, resettlement colonies, urban villages and rural villages.

With such a large majority of the population living 'informally', it is evident that planned urban development has failed.

http://greha.org/sites/default/files/Making%20Delhi%20a%20Liveable%20City%20by%20Improving%20Urban%20Sanitation_0.pdf

Pilot Project for Sanitation Improvement Plan for Aya Nagar

November 2015
Venue:
Z Block, Aya Nagar, Delhi

The Aya Nagar pilot project is a prototypical model for evolving a sanitation management program  in the settlement .

Lado Sarai Proposal

August 2015

Attached are the slides of the proposal for the Urban Improvement of Lado Sarai

Lado Sarai Urban Improvement Project

July 2015

The Lado Sarai Urban Improvement Project has been launched in the community early this year. The project seeks to put into implementation mode the work of research and study done by Greha and Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) over a long period of time.

http://greha.org/sites/default/files/ApproachNote-UrbanImprovement.pdf, http://greha.org/sites/default/files/summary.pdf

The History Project - School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal

July 2015
Keywords:

"The concept of writing a history of architecture from an indegenous perspective calls for an engagement with indegenous reality, which in our subcontinent would emerge from the conjunction of history, geography, and philosophy giving rise to our architectural ethos. The idea of the present research stems from an earlier published essay 'The Discovery of Architecture - A Contemporary Treatise on Ancient Values and Indegenous Reality' co-authored by Shri M.N. Ashish Ganju and Shri Narendra Dengle.

http://greha.org/sites/default/files/A%20proposal%20for%20Writing%20a%20History%20of%20Indian%20Architecture.pdf

Systems Integration of Public Utilities in Urban Villages - Lado Sarai Urban Improvement Project Piloting Decentralized Sewage Treatment

January 2015

The following note outlines the activities, time and resources required to design and plan a decentralized sewage treatment system at demonstration scale for the urban village of Lado Sarai, New Delhi. With its foundation in a decade long research around urban renewal conducted by GREHA, the system being proposed has been developed through extensive consultations with the local citizenry, local authorities and planning & implementing agencies at the state and central government.

Conservation of Mehrauli Heritage Area

May 2014
Presented by:
Greha
Venue:
Mehrauli, New Delhi

If the urban fabric within which the historic monuments are located is in a state of blight and disrepair, we cannot expect the inhabitants to appreciate the heritage value of the monuments and care for them.

It therefore becomes necessary to repair the urban fabric simultaneously with the repair of historic buildings in Mehrauli.

http://greha.org/sites/default/files/COMMUNITY%20EMBEDDED%20APPROACH%20FOR%20CONSERVATION%20OF%20MEHRAULI%20HERITAGE%20AREA.pdf

National Museum Of Architecture

April 2013

1. BACKGROUND 

1.1 INTRODUCTION

The proposal for instituting a Museum of Architecture has been under discussion for a few years. GREHA, a registered society, working in the field of architecture, environmental design, and development of human habitat, took on the responsibility of conceiving a Museum of Architecture, which will raise public awareness of this discipline, which affects our lives in significant ways on a daily basis.

GREHA

http://greha.org/sites/default/files/MOA%20by%20Greha%202014_0.pdf, http://greha.org/sites/default/files/challenges%20of%20Architecture.pdf

Urban Renewal by Citizens - A Case Study of an Urbanising Village on the Outskirts of Delhi

April 2012
Presented by:
M.N.Ashish Ganju

The spread of unauthorised construction in our cities has assumed significant proportions. One such unauthorised colony is Aya Nagar, situated on the south-western edge of Delhi.

Bundi Proposal

September 2008
Venue:
Bundi, Rajasthan

The architecture of Rajasthan is well-known and appreciated world-wide, primarily on account of its palaces and forts. The better known examples are in Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, which are visited an enjoyed by tourists in great number from all over the world. However, very few people are aware of the city of Bundi, which is perhaps the finest example of medieval architectue in Rajasthan.

Aya Nagar Development Project

January 2001
Presented by:
Greha, DUAC

An initiative of 'urban renewal by citizens' carried out by Greha and funded by Delhi Kalyan Samiti

The research has revealed that the development methodology should have four main drivers: community action, habitat design, recording the process of work, and raising of resources, both human and financial.

http://greha.org/sites/default/files/Aya%20Nagar%20Urban%20Development.pdf

TVB School of Habitat Studies

January 1990

There has been a growing awareness amongst professionals in a variety of disciplines, that an unhealthy gap has developed between the expectations of well-being for society at large and the norms and values of professional practice and behaviour.

It is clear that in rapidly evolving societies, especially those with a living tradition of values and skills, the need for rapid change often conflicts with the rooted value-frame.

Development of Habitat Schools in India a report prepared for Human Settlements Management Institute

January 1989
Presented by:
Sharma, SK, PSA Sundaram, K Dharmarajan, Mulkh Raj, J.R. Bhalla, TS Narayanaswamy, AG Krishna Menon, MN Ashish Ganju, Dr K. L. Nadir, and Michael Slingsby
Venue:
Greha New Delhi, India

Formal outcome of the HUDCO-GREHA Proposal for Restructuring Technical Education to meet the requirements of Human Settlements Management Institute, designed to restructure Architectural Education which would have "provide(ed) Bachelors Courses in Habitat Planning, Habitat Management and Architecture, three year Diploma Course in Habitat Engineering and training in building skills with special emphasis on social aspects, low cost technologies and extension methods will promote a hierarchy of skills required for facilitating housing and human settlement development in a desirable manner."

http://greha.org/sites/default/files/Greha%20-%20Proposal%20for%20a%20%205%20Year%20UG%20Arch%20Programme%20at%20TVB%20School.pdf, http://greha.org/sites/default/files/New%20school%20of%20design.pdf

Basti Hazrat Nizamuddin : a conservation programme

January 1986
Presented by:
Greha

A conservation programme prepared by Greha for INTACH.
Click the attachment to read.

http://greha.org/sites/default/files/intach.pdf, http://greha.org/sites/default/files/Basti%20Hazrat%20Nizamuddin.pdf

People’s Participation in Housing: Proposed Pilot Project

October 1975
Presented by:
M N Ashish Ganju, Vinod Gupta, Romi Khosla

The enclosed programme provides a basis by which a pilot study can be carried out in Delhi.

It shows how the existing housing process can be revolutionised by introducing “People’s Participation” in mass housing. We enumerate below the five essential components of the project.

Today mass housing has become synonymous with low cost housing and the entire national effort in this field has been diverted to producing a cheaper house. Yet the numbers involved are of such magnitude that any amount of cost reduction exercise can not provide the solution for housing everybody.

http://greha.org/sites/default/files/Greha_1975_Peoples%20Participation%20In%20Housing_Proposed%20Pilot%20Project.pdf

Middle Income Housing : A Study of 15 Projects in India

February 1975
Presented by:
Ganju, MN Ashish, Naveen Kulshreshta and Ashok B. Lall
Venue:
Delhi, India : Greha, 1989

The concept of group housing or collective housing, where homes share land and community facilities and are built together to standard designs through a single agency, has its beginning in contemporary India during the first quarter of this century. First, it was the setting up of the colonial state machinery and the consolidation of the Armed Forces that promoted the provision of family homes by the employer.