Nerolac EarthMatters Convention – Ahmedabad, 2014
Nerolac “Earthmatters” in Association with IA&B saw an evening with over 90 architects in Ahmedabad on 11th .
December about Sustainability.. a way of life with a keen focus on design, innovation and sustenance. The attempt was to speak about sustainability not as a speciality but as a prerequisite of all actions, specifically creation, here Architecture, with a special address to design, innovation & sustenance. The evening began with presentation by Mr. Udit Gupta, Chief Institutional Manager, Sales, Kansai Nerolac , which highlighted eco-friendly products introduced by Nerolac and the steps taken by the brand for a sustainable future.
The three distinguished panellists were Ar. Kamal Malik from Mumbai, Ar. Rajeev Kathpalia (Vastu Shipla Consultants) and Ar. Bobby Desai (HCP) from Ahmedabad. Sustainability being their forte, the speakers presented and discussed various facets of the issue, each with their own ideologies and concepts about how to translate it to architecture.
Mr. Bobby Desai’s presentation very succinctly covered every aspect of the building industry’s approach (or the lack of it) to effective sustainability. Clinical and academic in content, he spoke of the volatile nature of norms and regulations laid out by the authorities of the industry and the futility of the exercise. At the same time he proposed a feasible solution to reform and resolve fundamental loopholes in the system.
Ms. Mona spoke about the intricate workings of Auroville and their already sustainable life projecting the image of an ideal world.
Mr. Malik and Mr. Rajeev through illustrative examples of their own projects described how sustainability, with a little more thought and effort could and should be achieved in projects of all scales. They stressed upon how each site is exclusive in itself and ought to be respected and ‘heard’ before being built upon. The projects entailed how resources in terms of material and site parameters as well as history could be sustained with a conscientious effort from its creators to respect nature and all she presents.
Moderated by IA&B Editorial personnel, an interesting discussion amongst the panellists and the audience followed the presentations. The audience participated in an engaging discussion with the panellists, questioning, discussing and putting forth their concepts on matters of the earth.
The evening concluded with talks about sustainability and designing and innovating for sustenance in the future over dinner. The evening saw eminent architects from the city of Ahmedabad interact and discuss “Earthmatters” putting forth what the future holds for us.
In the world of construction, buildings have the capacity to make a major contribution to a more sustainable future for our planet. Add to this the fact that for the first time in human history over half of the world’s population now lives in urban environments and it’s clear that sustainable buildings have become vital cornerstones for securing long-term environmental, economic and social viability.
Sustainable construction aims to meet present day needs for housing, working environments and infrastructure without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs in times to come. Sustainable construction involves issues such as the design and management of buildings; materials performance; construction technology and processes; energy and resource efficiency in building, improvement to existing contextual conditions; interdependencies of landscape, infrastructure, urban fabric and architecture; flexibility in building use, function and change; and the dissemination of knowledge in related academic, technical and social contexts.