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Mud makes a comeback in Indian homes

Architects turn to green designs to fight climate change and pollution

The Tendu Leaf resort in Madhya Pradesh, central India, was built by Eugene Pandala using recycled materials, mud and stone. (Courtesy of Eugene Pandala)

CHENNAI, India -- In the small village of Attapadi in the southern Indian state of Kerala, 52-year-old farmer Jayan Cherian lives in an organic-mud house faced with lime plaster, designed by Biju Bhaskar, the founder of Thannal Natural Homes. With a rainwater harvesting system, fruit trees in the garden and solar panels, Cherian's mud home keeps him relatively cool through the scorching summers.

"We built the house with the help and participation of neighbors and the community," said Jayan. "We learned a lot from local tribal elders about bamboo construction and making a gabled roof."

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