Harshini Sampathkumar

Respite Architecture – an intervantion to sustain fishermen’s livelihood

Pondicherry, India

The city of Pondicherry in the south-east of India has a strong coastline dotted with fishing communities that were badly affected by the recent tsunami. Government initiatives to develop beach tourism have led to uncontrolled dispersal of fishing activities leading to an inefficient system as well as exposure to uncomfortable working conditions under high temperatures and intense solar radiation. This project takes the issues encountered in Pondicherry as a base case for considering alternatives for improving the livelihood and working conditions of the fishermen and their families. The design objective is to provide the conditions for the creation of a sustainable community, environmentally as well as socially and economically.