Graduates of Rachana Sansad’s Academy of Architecture (1991) in Mumbai, the Iypes worked closely with Laurie Baker through a design-build collective called ESDC based in Kochi. Having internalized Baker’s inspiration and approach over the years, they were confident of going beyond the dogma that sometimes surrounds Baker’s work.One important step was the decision to become developers after more than a decade of working as consultants. As Jeeth explains, “Our ideas were getting diluted by our clients. We thought it would be better if we became our own clients. That has worked.” In 2007, they appeared in Time magazine, as one among four innovators “building a greener world”.The house the Iypes live in today was the nucleus of their first community housing project. Since moving to Bangalore in 1995, they had been keen on building their own house. Even more so on building a community of people committed to a sustainable lifestyle. Finally, after 10 years, Good Earth Enclave on the outskirts of Bangalore took shape, but only after their children had joined Centre for Learning, a school they had designed and built. A group of teachers and parents make up the community that forms the enclave.