TS RERA No.P02400003403.

4 Quadrant Framework for Crafting Eco-Communities

February 15, 2024

Author: Meena Murugappan, Director- Product Strategy and Innovation

In the quest for sustainable living environments that seamlessly integrate with our natural surroundings, Studio Organo employs a rigorous design framework known as the 4 Quadrant approach. As architects, we understand the profound impact that thoughtful design can have on the way people live, work, and interact within their communities. Let us delve into how this framework guides our practice and shapes the future of sustainable development.

Figure 1: Illustration of a (happy:)) 4 Quadrant Design Framework

Quadrant 1: Liveability

At the core of our architectural philosophy lies a deep commitment to enhancing the human experience. Quadrant 1 is dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of our designs—from individual dwellings to entire neighborhoods—is optimized for liveability. Our focus is on creating spaces that not only meet the functional needs of residents but also elevate their daily lives. Through careful consideration of layout, access to nature, and integration of sustainable features, we aim to foster a sense of comfort, well-being, and connection with the environment.

Figure 2: Illustration of a typical home in Organo Damaragidda, designed for growing families

Figure 3: Illustration of design intent for end users’ comfort within the home and in the community at Organo Kandawada

Quadrant 2: Buildability

As architects, we recognize the importance of translating design vision into tangible reality efficiently and sustainably. Quadrant 2 emphasizes the buildability (ability and ease with which a project can be built efficiently in terms of time, cost and quality) of our projects. 

There is a strong focus on enabling contractors, vendors, and suppliers to deliver quality homes and neighborhoods on time and within budget. Also, we push the envelope in terms of sustainable construction practices, advocating for the on-site reuse of construction debris from site excavations to minimize waste and reduce environmental impact. By prioritizing local materials and craftsmanship, we not only support the local economy but also minimize the carbon footprint associated with transportation. 

Figure 4: An important consideration to keep in mind regarding buildability is to not compromise on design wow factor while making pragmatic construction decisions. 

Quadrant 3: Maintainability

Sustainability is not just about the initial construction phase; it extends throughout the lifecycle of a building or community. Quadrant 3 addresses the importance of designing for maintainability, ensuring that our structures are easy to upkeep and cost-effective to maintain over time. Through thoughtful design choices (be materials, design detailing, provision of maintenance team to access the all areas of the structure) and strategic planning, we aim to minimize the burden of maintenance on residents while maximizing the longevity and resilience of our developments. Our goal is to create spaces that age gracefully, retaining their functionality and beauty for generations to come.

Figure 5: Maintainability has a 3 pronged approach. 1) Ease of maintenance of the community incl. Common areas, amenities, solar, farms, goshala, etc, 2) Housekeeping and gardening support for home owners, 3) Continuously improving the maintenance operations to increase efficiency while decreasing maintenance costs 

Quadrant 4: Saleability

While our primary focus as architects is on creating spaces that enhance the human experience and promote sustainability, we also recognize the importance of market viability. Quadrant 4 is dedicated to ensuring that our designs are apt for end-users, resonate with our target audience and drive sales velocity. By understanding the needs and aspirations of our clients and aligning our designs with the ethos of our eco-communities, we create spaces that not only inspire but also sell themselves. Our goal is to craft designs that not only meet the demands of the market but also elevate the standards of sustainable living.

Figure 6: Ensuring product-user fit is a key component of the sales journey of our end users

Sapthapatha: The Foundation of Sustainability

At Studio Organo, sustainability is not merely a design consideration; it is the foundation upon which our practice is built. Our communities are guided by Sapthapatha, our 7strands of sustainability, which emphasize a holistic approach to community living. By integrating principles such as energy efficiency, natural resource conservation, and biodiversity enhancement into our designs, we strive to create spaces that not only enrich the lives of residents but also contribute positively to the environment. Through purposeful design and mindful stewardship of resources, we believe that we can create a better, more sustainable future for all.

Figure 7: Sapthapatha weaves the 7 strands of sustainability into the design, construction, and maintenance of the eco-community
Figure 8: Illustration of Water Strand Strategies at Organo Naandi

4 Quadrant framework is part of the DNA of our design process at Organo Eco-Habitats, shaping our approach to sustainable design and development. By integrating considerations of liveability, buildability, maintainability, and saleability with the principles of Sapthapatha, we are creating communities that not only meet the needs of today but also leave a lasting legacy for future generations. 

As architects, we have a unique opportunity—and responsibility—to shape the built environment in a way that promotes sustainability, resilience, and well-being. At Studio Organo, we embrace this challenge with enthusiasm, striving to create spaces that inspire, enrich, and endure.

Figure 9: Co-creating Eco Habitats the Celebrate Living

About Studio Organo

We are a cross-functional and research-focused team of architects, engineers, and technical experts, who ideate, refine and detail eco habitat products, components, and solutions. Our core intent is to co-create and manifest apt rurban lifestyles across all eco-habitat components to celebrate the living for respective user groups. From earth-friendly neighborhoods to home interiors, we’ve got it all covered.

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