Nerolac EarthMatters Convention – Delhi, 2014

Nerolac “Earthmatters” in Association with IA&B saw an evening with over 110 architects in New Delhi on 18th 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 specialty 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. Yatnesh Pandey, Head Marketing, Decorative Paints, Kansai Nerolac , which highlighted about Eco-friendly products introduced by Nerolac and the steps taken by the brand for a sustainable future.

.The three distinguished panellists were Ar. Ashish Ganju from New Delhi, Ar. Prem Chandavarkar from Bangalore and Ar. Savita Punde from New Delhi. 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. Ganju with a couple of illustrative examples elaborated his view of sustainability and pointed certain loopholes that come with all terminologies attached to it. In addition, he cited certain examples from his own book and ventured into a rather controversial, albeit interesting, critical analysis of some popular buildings of the world.

Mr. Prem in his talk quoted various scholars of different fields and cited examples from biology, economic theory and human behaviour, drawing analogies with the field of architecture and elucidating on innovation for sustainability. Interspersed with personal anecdotes and witty observations of the entire system, Mr. Prem was an intellectual delight to listen to.

Ms. Savita being primarily a landscape architect had a new perspective towards the topic. Touching upon means that were simplistic and yet not executed, she touched upon urban issues, social behaviour and the importance of restructuring the regulatory body that controlled the building industry. Being a celebrated female architect
she shared her experience with social activists in different fields that were taking sustainability a step ahead in their own way.

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 cocktails and dinner. The evening saw eminent architects from the city of New Delhi 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; inter dependencies 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.