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IIA Natcon Convention 2015 - HighlightsBy ZingyHomes Editorial Team
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Annual National Convention of Indian Institute of Architecture by the IIA West Bengal chapter was successfully organized and conducted at verdant Vedic Village ,Kolkata on 18th and 19th of December, 2015. The convention hosted by IIA saw participation of more than 800 registered delegates from across the world which included eminent personalities from the field of architecture and urban planning. The theme for this year’s convention was ‘People and their spaces’
Zingy Homes was the official online partner for the convention.
The convention was inaugurated with the traditional lighting up of lamp. The hall was officially welcomed to the conference with Architect Gita Balakrishnan, IIA West Bengal chapter chairperson, giving the inaugural speech.
Architect Debatosh Sahu, Chairperson NATCON organizing committee took over the stage to address the gathering and set pace for the 2 day convention.
The hall was blessed to have Mr Debasish Sen (IAS), Principal Secretary, Urban Development, Government of West Bengal and Hon’ble Chairman of WBHIDCO Ltd, as the chief guest of this much awaited convention. He, in his address to the audience, urged the architects to come up with innovative ideas to rejuvenate and strengthen urban space.
The delegates were then addressed by the very own IIA President - Architect Divya Kush who took the opportunity to stress on safeguarding the interests of the profession.
The inaugration was brightened up with distribution of some of the most prestigious awards in the field of architecture.
The reputable Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal, given for lifetime contribution to the field of Architecture for the year was given to Professor Jeet Kumar Malhotra while the Madhav Achwal Gold Medal, awarded for lifetime conrtibution to the field of Education was presented to Professor Najamuddin.
IIA President Architect Divya Kush released a book titled ‘Habib Rahman - The architect of Independent India ‘ authored by Prof. S.M. Akhthar towards the end of inaugration.
Another major event was the launch of e-library and e-cataloguing on the IIA Website.
The inaugration came to an end with a vote of thanks by Architect Debjit Adhikari, Joint Hon’ry Secretary, West Bengal chapter.
The technical session got a perfect start with Fumihiko Maki (who has a long list of awards and honours to his credit) enthralling the audience with his presentation - Modernism on the open sea. The pioneer in the world of architecture took the audience to a tour across time and space, explained the evolution of some of his projects and related them to the current trends in architecture. The hall joined him when he respectfully remembered Architect Charles Correa and his remarkable contribution to architecture.
The stage was then handed over to Architect Peter Stutchbury who presented the topic- “Architecture as we know it-is our future secure?’’
The presentation that followed, saw architect Anupama Kundoo demonstrating a strong orientation towards material research to achieve architecture of low environmental impact and developing building technology that are socio–economically beneficial.
The presentations were then followed by a thrilling panel discussion on ‘The diminishing personal space’ with Architect Mukul Mittra taking the seat of the Moderator. The panelists included personalities of the likes of architect Prem Chandravarkar, Prof Arunava Dasgupta. Through the discussion, the designers were urged to design spaces in a way that will safeguard the sanctity of the personal space-whether it’s an office, residential apartment or any institution.
Day 2 was again a power packed day with speakers from across the world talking about some serious issues in regard to architecture such as environmental sustainability, economic affordability, urban planning and conservation and so on.
Architects Yatin Pandya, Rahul Mehrotra, VoTrong Nghia and Peter oborn were the dignitaries who enlightened the halls on these crucial issues.
The day also witnessed promotion of the book- Dialogues with Indian Master Architects by Narendra Dengle, which is in true sense, a conversation between Narendra Dengle and seven distinguished architects of India.
To mark the occasion, a souvenir with scholarly articles was also released.
The convention ended on a lighter note with various cultural programs showcasing India’s rich diversity. The delegates too had a good time dancing to the songs of legendary musician R D Burman.
The convention, was in every sense, a huge success in bringing such extraordinarily talented architectural minds under one roof and enlightening the delegates on a host of issues related to architecture and urban planning and the need to rejuvenate personal spaces while planning a construction.
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