Mahijaa is a design consultancy firm and is an off shoot of its parent firm Mrinmayee. It is involved in alternative ideas in architecture which stresses on low embodied energy and eco friendly designs to construct load bearing masonry buildings & provides services in architectural and structural design.
The seeds of Mrinmayee began to germinate way back in 1987 during the construction of the residence of Yogananda M.R.(who was working with KSCST/ ASTRA, IISc) using Stabilised Mud Blocks (SMB). The interest shown by many people who were captivated by the twin advantage of cost reduction and elegant appearance paved the way for setting up of Mrinmayee, consultants on mud blocks and building alternatives in 1988.
Mrinmayee Testing Lab made its beginning by getting involved in testing various kinds of soils and arriving at the correct mix design to produce good quality SMB’s with the required wet compressive strength and durability. The research & development work carried out at ASTRA and Dept. Of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru led by Prof.K.S.Jagadish has been the foundation for all the activities of Mrinmayee.
Hands-on workshops are conducted by Mrinmayee on a regular basis, where the participants can actively take part to get practical knowledge. These workshops have seen architects, civil engineers, contractors, students, home makers, masons et al. enrol for the programme.
Artisans on-site training is also given wherever the projects are executed using alternative technologies.
Mrinmayee is also actively involved in the Gramavidya training programme on Alternative and Energy efficient Building Technologies which are held on a regular basis.
Maheemaya is a sister concern of Mrinmayee involved in manufacturing manually operated soil block press called “MARDINI” developed by Dr.M.R.Yogananda with valuable inputs from mechanic Sri.N.Krishna. This manually operated press is capable of generating sufficient force to produce a dense block and the machine comes with different mould sizes which are interchangeable. It eliminates additional energy needs like electricity, diesel etc.