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Meet the designers here

The National Convention of the Indian Institute of Architects is expected to be a a clarion call for architects to get involved with city planning projects too, says RANJANI GOVIND

We have requested the BBMP for an active involvement in the forthcoming Architects Convention, and are hoping to get the Palike’s participation, said Pandurang Potnis, Vice-President, Indian Institute of Architects (IIA).

Mr. Potnis was speaking at The Indian Institute of Architects’ press meet where the Karnataka Chapter announced a three-day ‘National Convention — 2008 for architects’ from December 10 to 12 at the Nimhans Convention Centre, Bangalore. “This explains that architecture is something beyond designing buildings and the role of an architect in a larger perspective extends to building a city in meaningful ways with cooperation from infrastructure bodies,” he said.

With an array of presentations and conference sessions by Indian and international speakers, the IIA convention is all set to focus on the theme ‘Architects & Architecture, ‘Making a Difference.’ The press meet made the point that the convention will highlight the challenging roles and significant contributions of architects and the difference they make to realise shared goals for environment, habitat and society. More than 1,000 delegates will interact and disucss the implications of rapid climatic change and environmental and urbanisation issues.

The convention, to be inaugurated by Nandan Nilekani, and presided over by Gurunath Dalvi, president, Indian Institute of Architects, will offer delegates a glimpse of current solutions and future technologies that could be incorporated to make a difference to society, said architect Naresh Narasimhan of Venkatraman Associates.

For awareness

“The meet could be a clarion call for architects to get involved with city planning projects too. If there are instances like Avenue Road going in for an expansion, prime land taken away for Metro project or some heritage buildings being brought to the ground…we do need forums like this for airing one’s views and creating awareness for bringing a mass movement. We hope to have some brainstorming sessions in the interests of the city/nation,”said Naresh.

“We are also looking forward to improving the talented young architectural firms and help them cater to the changing trends. This will help budding professionals integrate with our members and interact with experts in the industry,” said T.M. Thomas of Thomas Associates and convenor of the seminar. “Over 1,000 architects, urban designers, planners, project management professionals, teachers, builders and students from all over the country are expected to attend.”

The three-day seminar will feature speakers from a cross-section of the design fraternity such as architect Will Alsop; Gary Lawrence, Urban Strategies leader; George Ferguson, former president, RIBA; and Thomas J. Campanella, Asst. Professor, University of North Carolina.

“We wanted to have a catchy theme called ‘MAD’ (Making A Difference) so that the forum could be an exciting ground for students and young practitioners to observe how professionals could make that telling difference to life in general,” the Convention Convenor, K. Jaisim, had earlier said, as he could not be present on the occasion.

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