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Emerging trends and demands in modern architecture

Emerging trends and demands in modern architecture

Speakers delve into how technological progress in the design industry has impacted the drawing tools, visualisation, BIM, material knowledge and more

The panelists of the Guwahati event: (L-R) Pritam Nath, Amitabh Sharma, Bibhor Srivastava (moderator), Rittick Hazarika, Digambar Das and Budhin Borthakur.
The panelists of the Guwahati event: (L-R) Pritam Nath, Amitabh Sharma, Bibhor Srivastava (moderator), Rittick Hazarika, Digambar Das and Budhin Borthakur.

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.

Panel of experts - Guwahati

  • Pritam Nath, Neev
  • Amitabh Sharma, Akar Foundation
  • Rittick Hazarika, Design Associates
  • Digambar Das, retired sr. architect, PWD, Govt. of Assam
  • Budhin Borthakur, Borthakur & Associates
  • Bibhor Srivastava, group publishing director, ITP (moderator)


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.”

Kamal Periwal’s keynote speech for the Guwahati event dwelt on trends in modern architecture.

Following the keynote speech, Saptarshi Gupta, zonal head- East, Product Sales, Voltas India, came up to share the partner presentation. Gupta highlighted the journey, global presence and product offerings of the well-known air-conditioning brand. He also showcased snapshots of some of their iconic projects and accolades that adorn Voltas’s hall of fame. This was followed by the panel discussion on ‘Designing and Building Sustainable and Efficient Spaces’. Srivastava, who moderated the panel, felt strongly about the need of sustainability in today’s realm of architecture. In search of best practices and ideas from the architects themselves, he was eager to know about the relevance of sustainability in India’s context.

Rittick Hazarika rightly stated, “Architecture, as an industry, is continuously bringing in technology, newer materials and techniques on to the table to achieve sustainable designs; but it is unlikely that our short-term decisions result in structures that are short-lived.” Amitabh Sharma added his point saying, “Sustainability in terms of resources needs to be established very differently from sustainability in terms of energy. There is a need of setting priorities... Moreover, it is a collective responsibility of the governing body, the owners and the designers.”

Voltas’ Saptarshi Gupta spoke about the journey, global presence and product offerings of the company.

Recalling the age-old sustainable practices like rainwater harvesting and passive solar techniques, Pritam Nath said, “A re-emergence of vernacular practices of using local materials, craftsmanship and technique is highly needed. End-users must be informed enough to choose sustainability over convention.”

Budhin Borthakur agreed and added, “Many a time, architects are not given the required time and funds to apply sustainability to any structure because of external constraints. Awareness and motivation needs to be created among the concerned authorities to promote sustainability on a larger-scale.”
Digambar Das, while considering the social responsibility of architects, said “We need to act as predictors and design futuristically. The function and meaning of buildings will keep changing, new technologies will evolve, and newer laws will be enforced. We should keep up with the advancements and, somehow, carve our way towards sustainability.”

The audience actively participated in the forum by interacting with the panelists. The Guwahati edition of the Voltas Think Turf series proved to be insightful and memorable, all thanks to the speakers. ITP and Voltas offered a token of appreciation to the panelists. Srivastava presented the vote of thanks and adjourned the forum, opening the evening for networking, cocktails and dinner.

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