The Laurie Baker Centre for Habitat Studies (LBC) was created by his friends, students and admirers to propagate his philosophy of the concept of sustainable development through research, extension, training, documentation, dissemination and networking. At its core, it is intended to include such areas as design and use of appropriate materials for buildings, creation of support facilities such as sanitation and drinking water, waste treatment, water harvesting and management, land development, promotion of non-conventional and eco-friendly sources of energy and creation of awareness of the need for sustainable development.
The LBC is established with the active support of the Centre of Science and Technology for Rural Development known as COSTFORD, which was co-founded by late C. Achutha Menon, former Chief Minister of Kerala and a development visionary, late K.N. Raj, one of India’s renowned economists and social thinker, Laurie Baker and by T R Chandra Dutt, social activist for the promotion of appropriate technology for building construction as well as for rural development.
Laurence Wilfred Baker (1917 – 2007) popularly known as Laurie Baker dedicated his life to the service of the ordinary people primarily through his innovative and environmentally-friendly approaches to the design and construction of buildings. A chance meeting with Mahatma Gandhi inspired and introduced him to India. He was conscious of the wastage involved in using energy-intensive materials which are also socially and financially costly. However, he was not only a designer and builder but also one who had a holistic vision of the need to live in harmony with nature. For him habitat included the physical and social environment to lead a healthy as well as purposeful life. He was also an accomplished artist and cartoonist.