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Yelachetti Village, Gundlupet, KARNATAKA, IN
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Dry Tropical

Dan larke Davis Ben Paige Jean Ramakrishna Surathu Varun V
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Rural, Community, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

swaYYam - an eco-conscious effort that practices, promotes and supports low-impact living. swaYYam, in sanskrit, suggests, the 'unified self'; embodies the spirit of sustainability, self-reliance & self sufficiency in thought & action.

Project Description

swaYYam is a family of ideas which are conceived from the domain of self-sufficiency and sustainability, which aims at creating an environment of the 'unified self' as the name suggests, in every sphere of its existence; thought and action, emphasizing on the relationship of man to earth - shelter, energy, food, clothing, transportation, water, waste AND with the 'self'.

swaYYam proposes to create ‘whole’ integrated human settlements, with local needs met largely by local production by local communities, such that as many inputs as possible are provided from within the system, and as many as outputs as possible are used within it. This approach is the founding ideal to swaYYam’s philosophy with everything else being an input towards this end, promoting sustainable living through practical low impact living and conscientious lifestyle choices.

It will take years for mankind to undo, if at all, the damage done to nature. With swaYYam we take our small first step, to create a self-feeding, sustainable living community, which draws from ancient tradition and natural farming methods devoid of stripping the earth of its natural resources, where, people take care of themselves, feed themselves and create energy for their needs, more as a norm rather than an exception. Its not a peripheral activity, an alternative; it is mainstream; it is the way forward.

The project aims to maintain the integrity of the local ecology - social and environmental and integrate sustainability in every decision and design and build capacities and self-reliance within. 


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