Bibhor Srivastava, group publishing director, ITP Media, opened the Smart Living forum at Guwahati for discussions and knowledge-sharing with a welcome address, in which he thanked the partnering brand Voltas for their association before inviting trailblazer architect Kamal Periwal, director at Maheswari & Associates, Kolkata, for his keynote address.
Speaking on the topic ‘Emerging Trends and Demands in Modern Architecture’, Periwal said, “In India, architecture of today follows the technological, climatic and social changes. Technological progress in the design industry has impacted the drawing tools, visualisation, BIM, material knowledge and more. This has paved the path for creativity and innovation in our field.” Periwal’s experience says that even with very little support from government, architects strive to create sustainable buildings and achieve green ratings. In conclusion, he stated, “The key to architectural sustainability is to work with nature. We need to build our spaces around prevailing ecological systems, keeping in mind that they are not hampered.”