construction projects

In February a group of students from the University of Arts and Design Linz travelled to Sunderpur, analyzed the whole village and mapped it and talked to the inhabitants about their wishes and dreams.

Through this research the students – back in Austria and at university – the basis for a productive semester was created. The four students did a masterplan for the next 20 years and 5 preliminary designs for the village.

The first design – accommodation for new teachers – is being implement right now in Sunderpur – Little Flower.


The constructing Project

After doing a research in february on-site, mapping the village and interviewing the inhabitants a goup of students decided to do a masterplan and a preliminary design for certain buildings in the village.


working with the maps we did in Sunderpur, analyzing the villages structure and thinking about the plans to become independent we tried to find a solution considering all these aspects:

First there will be built houses for teachers from Europe to raise educational standards. After this can be guaranteed there shall be a building yard to offer an area for further education.

In a third step the first part of the dairy, which is now located in the center of the village, is to be moved to the entrance of the village beside the building yard where it will become an economical center. Then the now free area is reused to build new houses to make space for the weaving mill which will establish next to the dairy and the building yard.

The old weaving department will be refunctioned to the school, which is considered the future of the village. The two hostels will be combined by this move. The building has the perfect requirements for a school. The rooms can easily be devived into classes and the yard offers shaded outside area to learn.


preliminary design

we chose six themes to deepen because we considered them the most important changes in the village.

those are:

  • living quarters for teachers
  • building yard
  • dairy
  • living quarters
  • weaving and spinning mill



accomodation for teachers


  • located near the administration and the new school
  • 6 flats for families or singles
  • including private garden or balcony
  • one shared kitchen with a rooftop for social activities


highest priority

teachers from europe and other parts of India will be arriving at the beginning of 2013 to assure good education



building yard

facts: – 




  • raise from 60 cows to 120 cows
  • the factory with the biggest potential to make profit
  • milk is expensive but needed



the dairy has to be moved out of the center because it’s really dense there and there is no good way to double the herd in this area



living for the people


  • expansion from 16 to 28 flats
  • including rooftop
  • more space
  • more privacy



since the weaving mill will include existing flats the inhabitants will need new places to stay these houses are an important step in the development of the village


parivartana – weaving and spinning

The weaving department offers employment to 170 people living in the village of Little Flower. Therefore it is the most important econimic sector there. They produce by manipulating so called non-violent silk. A procedure where the caterpillar is not killed, but which is the reason the silk is not as soft as usual. The scarfs they fabricate are also sold to Europe and allow the village good exchange with the western society. The manager Sheeva is proud of his job he is young and dedicated to his job.


In future they will start manufacturing new products, so they initiated a sector for sewing where they facture trousers and other clothes fort he inhabitants of the village.



  • 170 workers
  • 32 weavers
  • 120 spinners
  • variety in working spaces
  • areas for social activities during breaks
  • manager: Sheeva



in the process of developing the masterplan it turned out that moving the weaving department is an important element in the modification of the village but there are changes to be made with a higher priority. The weaving mill is working but the expansion and the growth can only be guaranteed when it relocates to a building best adopted to the needs of the operating process.




further informations:


the idea is to remeber the inhabitants of the original materials which are



loam has many positive effects for this climate: the hot doesn’t get thorugh the thick walls in summer and in winter those walls are able to retain the warmth



is a really common material in India. Combined in stacks it can overstrech really long distances. Bamboo mats covered with loam are often used to build small huts for storages




Sunderpur – analysis

  • founded 1981
  • location india, bihar, raxaul
  • boarder to nepal
  • 27° N, 84,52° O



  • about 700 Personen
  • 21 so called colonies in the surroundings



  • 265 students
  • 180 living in the hostel
  • 6 years of education
  • continuing education
  • apprentisceships in tradework


leprocy admissions

  • today: 40 pers. a month
  • earlier: 6000 pers. a month



2.000 Rs / month (about 30 euros)

10.000 Rs / month in Raxaul


eletricity: 7.00-9.00; 11.00-13.00; 18.00-21.00

produced by generator


biogasproduction along with dairy

gas for the kitchen



  • hospital
  • dairy
  • weaving mill
  • spinnery
  • piggery
  • school
  • handcrafts
  • shops (run privately)



  • donations from europe and canada
  • selling scarfs
  • milksale



Kabita Bhattarai in the village

  • major
  • working in the project since 3 years


Claudia Vilanek in Austria

visited 1983 the village for the first time

  • sponsorship
  • scarfsale in austria
  • marketing



  • hindi (temple)
  • Muslims (mosque)
  • catholics (church)
  • buddists



The history

The village Little Flower also called Sunderpur has been founded in 1981 by Brother Christdas who was working for mother Teresa. Since Bihar has the highest leprocy rate he wanted to offer the possibility of treatment. They built a hospital and a few clayhuts and the village was started.

The principle is that everybody has a place to live and food to eat. Also he wanted to offer employment to them, so they established a dairy and a weaving mill.

Now economy is changing in India and the two surrounding villages are expanding rapidly therefore the little village has to become competetive.


The vision

In the future Little Flower is to train and maintain craftsmen.

For having received the chance of professional training they are working for the infrastructure of Little Flower but at the same time they are free to build up their own businesses. They are able to offer their services in Raxaul and the surrounding villages and thereby tend to customers of their own. This way many young people who are looking for a job at the moment are able to find a workplace without drifting into new dependencies.




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