The MEM Seminar Series 2007/2008

“From sustainable homes to sustainable cities” is a presentation of eco-sensitive projects by Inantis Design Consultants, Bangalore. The presentation highlights the green values and the green parameters considered while designing eco-homes at a micro level to designing eco-townships at a macro level. The projects presented are ZED-Homes in Bangalore, India and an Eco-city in Morocco.


Bangalore, once known as the garden city of India has now a new identity as the IT capital of the east. This growth has come at the cost of quality of life, thus the planning and protection of the city’s environment has become crucial. More than ever before, Bangalore’s lifestyle today is distinctly urban and it’s threatening to take away the essentially domestic, retired way of life that Bangalore once knew. Amid the chaos of growth, ‘In Antis’ has striven to create residential projects that use high and low technology forms and material for creating a body of environmentally and aesthetically sustainable buildings that have become homes for urban families. ZED homes are an offering from a new generation of architects, who use their skill and experience to lend to these campuses a new aesthetic to urban living.  These projects aim to prove that sustainable living in the Indian urban context is not only economically and technically viable but also comfortable and manageable for the common man.

The eco-city of Bab Zaer is envisaged as a satellite township near Rabat and Casablanca, the two major cities of Morocco. It is a 3000 hectare development of mixed landuse, densities, tenure and cost. The planning concept ‘Stewarding the land - Lending the land a voice’ is based on environmental planning principles. After the feasibility studies, the ecological footprint of the site with respect to topography, geology, hydrology, local ecology and microclimate was established. The master plan is a response to this intrinsic value of the land. The impact of urban development on the environment is assessed based on the parameters like local economy, local environment, aesthetic and local values, and infrastructure. The city aims at achieving complete autonomy with respect to water and energy. Finally a set of environmental guidelines for development will be proposed based on a five pronged approach of clean air, clean water, waste management, natural resource conservation and public health.


About the Speaker

Ms Sayee Deodhar holds a B.Arch (1st Class Hons) from College of Architecture, Univ. of Pune, Nasik and MSc (Environmental Management), NUS. She was the recipient of the Shell Gold Medal award as the best graduating student in her cohort.


Sayee had handled many projects since her graduation, some of which includes her involvement as an environmental planner in the Eco-city of Bab Zaer, Morocco project.  She was the project Architect in the Eco-Habitat project at Srirangapatnam, Karnataka. This project is based on the philosophy of “Live Life Organic”. She was also the conceptual designer for a Zero Energy Development–Collective, Bangalore.

Sayee is also a faculty member at Vidyavardhans Institute of Design Environment and Architecture, Goa as well as an Adjunct faculty at B.N.C.A college of Architecture, Pune.




Public Seminar on



“From sustainable homes to sustainable cities: Experiences in India and Morocco





Ms Sayee Deodhar  

Senior Architect, Environmental Management Specialist, Spacematrix, Bangalore


Friday, 31 August 2007

6.00pm – 8.00pm

Executive Room 5
SDE 2 Level 3


All are Welcome


Please email Ms Wong Mei Yin for registration


Telephone: 6516 1663