P a t a n k a

Designing transformational disaster-resilient habitats for communities


Patanka, a remote village in the desert region of Gujarat, rebuilt by the citizens with SEEDS help after the 2001 earthquake is the starting point of the Patanka story. A group of locals, trained to be specialist masons through the project, triggered the SEEDS Mason Association and Patanka Construction Company. This is our story.





Local appropriateness and technical design principles drive our research and demonstration agenda.  With this approach we have designed and built a flood resilient school for a poor community in Rohtak City that was living in a high flood zone and had no educational facilities.  We have also designed and built a disaster and climate change resilient house using hollow walls, seismically strengthened corners, and a plinth raised above the `new normal' floodline.  An architectural design competition on resilient housing drew innovative entries from all over the country.  Work continues with masons, residents, and children to find new lessons and better ways of building homes and schools that are safer, more environment friendly, comfortable, culturally appropriate and aspirational.


We appreciate the beautiful, safe and long lasting traditional buildings in different parts of the world that were designed and built before architecture became a formal discipline and profession.  We make architecture work for the people, with users in the driving seat of the design process. Our community architecture interventions include post earthquake reconstruction of homes in West Bengal using a hybrid of prefabricated reinforced concrete and traditional bamboo construction, resettlement of project affected communities in Jharkhand with local courtyard designs and community led design processes, and water and sanitation design in Delhi bringing together local innovations from across the country.


Our engineers see buildings as living beings, that breathe, injure and heal.  They have mastered the science of assessing structural safety of buildings, and the art of making existing buildings safer and more environmentally sustainable through retrofitting techniques.  Our services include Rapid Visual Screening (RVS), Non Destructive Tests (NDT), Structural Analysis And Design (STAAD), and execution of retrofitting works.  Our clients include the World Health Organisation, European Commission, Government of Sikkim, and private institutions and home owners.



The Mahewa ward of Gorakhpur, India, is prone to flooding during the monsoon season, affecting more than one million people in Uttar Pradesh. Many of the people who live in this community are poor and marginalized and are therefore more vulnerable to the impact of climatic hazards, such as floods, cyclones, altered rain patterns and heat waves.


Community-Based Micro-Climate Resilience project by Patanka helps urban poor communities in Gorakhpur, India adapt to climate change by designing and building new types of flood resilient and affordable houses. Locally available bricks are used, with technologies and techniques that make building brick walls less energy intensive. This building method is more environmentally friendly than conventional practices, both in terms of optimization of resources and energy efficiency.



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