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ABOUT US

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GoodEarth is a multi-disciplinary organisation whose ethos stem from sustainability, harmony with nature and reversing global climate change. We work across an array of ventures that touch the grassroots of development spanning residential community development, design and development of communities; architectural design for enterprises and institutions, regenerative agriculture, ecological restoration, efficient water management, organic retail, interior design, landscaping and many more. Our communities and projects are designed around green living, sustainability, regeneration and living in tune with the nature.

About us

GoodEarth was initiated by a group of passionate engineers and architects in the late eighties, inspired by the explorations in alternative architecture by Laurie Baker and ideals of Mahatma Gandhi on sustainable and decentralised development, sensitive to the environment and people.

We are a multi-disciplinary organisation whose ethos stem from holistic design, hands-on practice, and responsible business. We strive to address the larger environmental and social challenges by excellence in design and practise through our work that ranges from building residential communities, regenerative agriculture to ecological restoration with a holistic vision.

In our journey over 35 years, we have realised that there are no time-driven answers; only observation, common sense, innovations and discoveries can strengthen our decisions.

We revel in the joy of celebration, commitment and community. We are equally at ease with an innovator with effervescent spirit, as we are with the quiet, shy thinker who whispers an opinion.

As a team we are involved in the progress from design to delivery of any project. Attention to detail, common sense and diligence are as important as innovation and creativity.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead
Roots
Roots

At GoodEarth, we have been on a journey of discovery for more than three decades, a journey that continues. We ask deep questions about the spaces that we inhabit, seek to understand how better one can live in union with nature and the environment. We are a pioneer in the field of alternative architecture and environment friendly development. In this journey, we have realised that there are no time-driven answers; only experiments, innovation and discoveries that inform our decisions.

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Philosophy

We revel in the joy of celebration, commitment and community. We firmly believe in Margaret Mead’s thought “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” We are equally at ease with an innovator with effervescent spirit as we are with the quiet, shy thinker who whispers an opinion.

Culture

As a team we are intensely involved in the progress from design to delivery of any project. Attention to detail, common sense and diligence are as important as innovation and creativity. The aura is one of celebration, commitment and community. We seek and celebrate individuals who are hands-on, willing to multi task, passionate about what they do with an ability to think out of the box and the spirit to run that extra mile.

Our Journey

1988
In 1988, the core group of GoodEarth started its journey as part of a loosely-knit group of architects and engineers inspired by the works of Laurie Baker on sustainable architecture, ideals of Mahatma Gandhi on decentralisation and caring for the environment and the people. The late eighties and early nineties witnessed a surge in exploring alternate architecture and lifestyles all over India. Parallel efforts by Laurie Baker, Auroville, and Fukuoka inspired many. We at GoodEarth too were part of this exploration. Our initial projects were mostly residences in and around Kochi.
1990

In 1990, however, a formal consultancy was registered to facilitate professional practice in design and project management.

“We felt that the real test of any alternative idea is the market, and we ventured into business…”
“It also tested whether we could evolve into an ethical business group that delivers good projects and stays away from greed.”
-Natasha Iype, Chief Architect and Co-founder.
1994
In 1994 GoodEarth was floated, the name inspired by Pearl S Buck’s novel ‘The Good Earth,’ to deliver residential development as an ethical organisation and the first development ‘Hamlet’ was commissioned in 1996. In Bangalore the consultancy practice started in 1994. So did the consultancy practice start in Calicut in the same year.
“A green or sustainable business needs to think beyond numbers and take conscious business decisions with an awareness…”
“…of the impact of such decisions on the lives of people, ecology, culture and humanity, with a sense of responsibility and care.”
-Stanley George, Co-founder.
1997
Even as we were building our body of work as a consultancy, we bought farm land in Theni, Tamil Nadu, in 1997. We were eager to explore natural farming inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka.
1998
In 1998, we designed the Centre for Learning.
2000
In the next two years in 2000, we started design-build projects in Bangalore.
2004
The first residential campus in Bangalore, ‘GoodEarth Enclave’ was built in 2004. Also, Sambhavana Clinic, an independent community-based medical initiative concerned with the survivors of Bhopal Gas Tragedy in Bhopal, was built in 2004. Organic Farmers’ Training Centre at Kasrawad, near Indore was also built in the same year, 2004. Fireflies Intercultural Centre too was built in 2004 in Bangalore.
2006
Whereas in 2006, the first high-rise project in Kochi ‘Hues of life’ was commissioned.
2008
GoodEarth Orchard was built in 2008
2010
GoodEarth Palmgrove came up in 2010.
2012
We started Malhar Eco-village in 2010 and its first community Footprints was commissioned in 2012.
2023
In 2023, we began the work of our eighth community Malhar Octave, a new addition to the family of Malhar Eco-village.

This has been our journey from an NGO to Consultancy Firm to Design Build and Development Group.

At GoodEarth, our over 35 years of work in architectural developments is not just ours. But, of a community of skilled and talented people and their ideas and vision to create something out of the ordinary.

These are architects, designers, drafts persons, crafts people and masons, who are all drawn together because of their passion for their craft.

All GoodEarth projects are a testimony of our commitment to the environment and the people.

GoodEarth tried to explore natural farming in its land at Theni, Tamil Nadu in the early 90’s. The experiment failed owing to change in rainfall patterns and depleting groundwater level.

However, our experiment in natural farming served as a lesson and warned us about the degrading land across the globe leading to desertification. Theni like large parts of India has become arid and progressing towards desertification.

Around 2018, we initiated a thorough geological survey and design for sustainable water management of the Malhar Eco-village project in Bangalore.

At about the same time GoodEarth came across efforts in regenerative agriculture in Tumkur, an arid district in Karnataka.

A lake was restored in Anchepalya, Bangalore, in the same period. Interaction with Allan Savory who originated holistic resource management, a systems-thinking approach to managing resources and study of his scientific efforts in reversing desertification in Zimbabwe deepened our insights on holistic design and management of land and ecosystems. Efforts of the Waterman of India Dr Rajendra Singh and Water warrior and innovator of Chauka system, a new technique of water conservation, Lakshman Singh on water sustainability gave fresh insights.

GoodEarth now has taken up regenerative agriculture to rebuild ground water, ecosystems and reverse climate change.

We have started working on holistic design of both urban and rural watersheds to hone our skills for meeting larger sustainability goals.

Environment, people, economy and a culture of care for all form the four verticals of sustainable development.

We wanted to explore and chose to act. We took to regenerative agriculture as the means to heal the soil, and thereby reverse global climate change and its consequent desertification.

Realising that everything in nature is interconnected, we are directing our efforts, engineering and a host of our skills towards reviving degraded land, and thereby restoring the land to its full potential.

Driven by sustainability goals, we are focussed on pioneering architectural innovations and bringing in new ways of looking at how development can be achieved without harming the environment.

Similarly, through regenerative agriculture that heals the soil and ecological restoration, we continue to practise sustainability that has been the cornerstone of GoodEarth.

Awards

NDTV Property Awards-2015 in the Premium Apartment category.

The Merit Award in the Futurarc Green Leadership Award-2015, Singapore.

Honored with the HUDCO Design Award-2015 in the Housing category.

NDTV Property Awards-2015 in the Premium Apartment category.

Team

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”

-Mahatma Gandhi.

We all come from different backgrounds, places and practices. Yet, we have formed a bond, rolled up our sleeves and got our hands soiled with work together.

Our diversity is our strength, and the different perspectives that we bring to the table add depth to our experiences.

We connect through our passion for innovation and commitment to initiate change. We maintain our vision through reviews, skill sharing, celebrating our successes and learning through failures.

We look towards forging a future that is bright and beautiful for man and nature.

We form the core group at GoodEarth.

Core Team

Stanley George

Co-Founder

Jeet Iype

Co-Founder

Natasha Iype

Co-Founder

Benny M Thankachen

Co-Founder

Anita Chouduri

Co-Founder

Vinod P Cyriac

Co-Founder

Parthasarathy S

Co-Founder

Subhash

Co-Founder

Binu K Jose

Co-Founder

Muralidhar M N

Co-Founder

Raman Bhat

Co-Founder

Our teams

Our diversity is our strength.

We seek and celebrate individuals who are hands-on, willing to multi-task, passionate about what they do, with an ability to think out of the box and the spirit to run that extra mile.

We are equally at ease with a spirited, avant-garde thinker, as we are with a quiet, shy thinker who whispers an opinion.

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1988

In 1988, the core group of GoodEarth started its journey as part of a loosely-knit group of architects and engineers inspired by the works of Laurie Baker on sustainable architecture, ideals of Mahatma Gandhi on decentralisation and caring for the environment and the people.

The late eighties and early nineties witnessed a surge in exploring alternate architecture and lifestyles all over India. Parallel efforts by Laurie Baker, Auroville, and Fukuoka inspired many. We at GoodEarth too were part of this exploration.

Our initial projects were mostly residences in and around Kochi.

1990
In 1990, however, a formal consultancy was registered to facilitate professional practice in design and project management.
“We felt that the real test of any alternative idea is the market, and we ventured into business…”
“It also tested whether we could evolve into an ethical business group that delivers good projects and stays away from greed.”
-Natasha Iype, Chief Architect and Co-founder.
1994
In 1994 GoodEarth was floated, the name inspired by Pearl S Buck’s novel ‘The Good Earth,’ to deliver residential development as an ethical organisation and the first development ‘Hamlet’ was commissioned in 1996. In Bangalore the consultancy practice started in 1994. So did the consultancy practice start in Calicut in the same year.
“A green or sustainable business needs to think beyond numbers and take conscious business decisions with an awareness…”
“…of the impact of such decisions on the lives of people, ecology, culture and humanity, with a sense of responsibility and care.”
-Stanley George, Co-founder.
1997
Even as we were building our body of work as a consultancy, we bought farm land in Theni, Tamil Nadu, in 1997. We were eager to explore natural farming inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka.
1998
In 1998, we designed the Centre for Learning.
2000
In the next two years in 2000, we started design-build projects in Bangalore.
2004

The first residential campus in Bangalore, ‘GoodEarth Enclave’ was built in 2004.

Also, Sambhavana Clinic, an independent community-based medical initiative concerned with the survivors of Bhopal Gas Tragedy in Bhopal, was built in 2004.

Organic Farmers’ Training Centre at Kasrawad, near Indore was also built in the same year, 2004.

Fireflies Intercultural Centre too was built in 2004 in Bangalore.

2006

Whereas in 2006, the first high-rise project in Kochi ‘Hues of life’ was commissioned.

2008
GoodEarth Orchard was built in 2008
2010
GoodEarth Palmgrove came up in 2010.
2012
We started Malhar Eco-village in 2010 and its first community Footprints was commissioned in 2012.
2023
In 2023, we began the work of our eighth community Malhar Octave, a new addition to the family of Malhar Eco-village.