Monday, 30 April 2018

‘We must strive to create homes and not just build houses’

NewsPatrolling.com : The progressive minds of the real estate industry came together to pave a road map to sustainable and technologically driven spaces. It was a summit packed with knowledge, industry insight and offered a holistic view and understanding of the entire ecosystem, across the globe. The summit stood witness to the coming together of great minds and awarding some of the greatest projects, the Smart Green Summit & Awards was held today at Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi.
The Summit included multi-faceted conference where International and National Keynotes speakers shared their expertise to an audience of over 500 top notch developers, architects, designers, government officials, sustainable experts, and other architecture and design related executives who have dedicatedly worked towards creating sustainable living places. Pioneers like Rahul Kadri, Frven Lim, and Chin Theo Chong, Manit Rastogi, Pradeep Nair, Prof. Robin Drogemuller, Martha Thorne, Angelene Chan, Ar K Jaisim, Boman Irani, Chhavi Rajawat, Dr Prabhat Rahangdale, O.P. Agarwal ,Paritosh Gupta, Prem Chandavarkar,, Prof. Dr. P.S.N. Rao , Sreeram Ananthasayanam, Sanjay Seth, Satish Gokhale shed light on design, technology, material and policy segments of the space.
Mr. Manit Rastogi, Founder Partner, Morphogenesis, India said, “We must look in our own industrious past to cull out a better future”. Mr. Rahul Kadri, principal architect, IM Kadri Architects remarked that, “Incredulous master-plans and a rigid policy framework limits the effective planning and diversification of living places, suitable to the need to present hour. Too much centralized planning and the general attitude of urban planning in India does not work for the many millions”.
Mr. Venkat Subramanian, Regional CEO- Construction Products India & Managing Director- Gyproc India gave the welcome address to start the Summit. Mr. Subramanian expressed his pleasure at presenting the 3rd Smart Green Summit & Awards, in association with the Economic Times. He said,” The Smart Green Summit and Awards, reflects our deep commitment to the green cause through recognizing green crusaders and helping channelize the fraternity’s collective and collaborative efforts, to ensure the future of habitat is in safe hands”. He spoke about the agenda and mentioned the interesting lineup of speakers divided in four segments – Design, Technology, Material and Policy.
The Vote of thanks was given by A R Unnikrishnan, Director - sales and marketing, Saint Gobain India Pvt Ltd - Glass Business. He said,” As we come to the last leg of the summit it is our pleasure to thank all those involved and all the participants, eminent speakers, expert jury members and the advisory body.” He added,” When we were putting the Summit together we wanted to bring the best minds of the ecosystem together and that indeed has given us valuable and deep insight for the future and left us with immense hope and possibilities the future holds. We would like to continue our efforts and revive the Summit again to celebrate the best solutions towards sustainability and smart living”.  
The event concluded with awarding some of the most thoughtful and sustainable projects undertaken in this space.
Elaborating on the summit and awards, Mr. Deepak Lamba, President - Times Strategic Solutions, said, “We are glad to have been a part of and bring to all this great summit that has brought together the crusaders of sustainability under one roof. Great solutions towards sustainable living has emanated from the Summit and passionate efforts have been recognized and awarded. We wish to take the narrative further and continue to strive for sustainability”.

List of Advisory Board members for the Summit:
        Angelene Chan, CEO, DP Architects, Singapore
        Dhanajaye Dake, Principal Architect, Construction Catalysers
        George Ferguson, Former Mayor of Bristol
        Hitesh Vaidya, Country Manager- India, UN Habitat
        Manit Rastogi, Founder Partner, Morphogenesis
        Michael  Foley, Founder, Foley Designs
        S. Sridhar, Chairman, IHF


List of Jury members for the Smart Green Awards:
        Abha Narain Lambah – Principal Architect, Abha Narain Lambah Associates
        Ar J P Agarwal, Principal Architect, Agarwal & Agarwal Architects
        B. Santhanam, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd.
        Boman Irani, Managing Director, Rustomjee Developers
        Deepak S. Parekh, Chairman, Housing Development Finance Corporation, India
        Dr Mahavir, Dean, School of Planning and Architecture(SPA) - Delhi
        Jayantha Perera, Principal Architect, Architect Jayantha Perera, Sri Lanka
        Michael Foley, Founder, Foley Designs
        Niranjan Khatri, Founder, iSambhav
        Prem Chandavarkar, Managing Partner, CnT Architects
        Sanjay Prakash, Principal Architect, Shift: Studio for Habitat Futures
        Utpal Deka - National Team Leader - Capacity Building for Urban Development in India, Ministry of Urban Development – India