The Tarahunise village is quiet and tucked away at 65 Km from shadows of the mega city, Bengaluru, Karnataka. The village is 4.83 Sq Km in size and houses 432 families. The village has a school, a hospital, a post office and lake. The 432 families of Tarahunise cumulatively occupy about 1.2 Sqm km of built area. The rest of the spatial emplacement is largely farms, roads, public buildings and a dried up lake of 35.4 acres.
The ville's quiet and self-sufficiency is marred by the impending woes of the near future – its' depleting water levels and the issue of water security in the near future. The village largely depends on its paddy farms and fields for its economic integrity. With the lake dried up since the past 35 years and with plummeting levels of borewells, farming is seemingly becoming a less pursued occupation and is slowly triggering migration into the nearby city.
The BBMP plans to send about 5MLD treated water from the city. Therefore the solution proposed focuses on using this 5 MLD and transforming the lake into a wetland and introduce a wetland resource community center by the shores. This project would be the first of its kind in India. The resource center would engage the community from an economic, social and ecological standpoint.
Founder, Umber Architecture
Founder, Woven Design Collective