To take forward the custom of congregating expert practising design minds intended to discuss the latest trends and evolving innovations, the ‘Think Turf’ series halted at a milestone – Surat.
This joint initiative by Voltas and ITP Media India focuses on delivering solutions and best practices as a by-product of an interactive and knowledgeable discussion, only to open the field for creating smart, sustainable and future-ready spaces.
With a short opening address, Bibhor Srivastava, group publishing director at ITP, welcomed the invitees and speakers from the Diamond city of India and acknowledged Voltas for their partnership. Srivastava kick-started the forum by introducing and inviting the keynote speaker for the evening – Prof.Urvi Desai, Faculty of Architecture, Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad.
Focusing her talk on ‘Challenges in sustainable design’, Prof.Desai wished to develop a synergy between the experienced and young architects before advocating for sustainability. “Apart from policy delays, technological delays, economical restraints and lack of availability of green products, I believe that not many architects demand the practice of sustainability,” she strongly pointed out. To dissolve some misconceptions in the architects’ minds, Prof.Desai explained, “Sustainability and design can go hand in hand. Not all beautiful materials or aesthetic elements are harmful for the environment, and technologically-sound green buildings can be good-looking and economical too. We just need to look for better alternatives.” Prof.Desai feels that the social dimension of sustainability is not understood and discussed enough. She encouraged the design fraternity present in the room to step out of their comfort zones, collaborate and achieve sustainable design at a bigger level.