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Crafting Green Spaces

Great projects are reflective of today’s increasingly diverse design directives or shall we term them as ‘trendy designs’; but one has to wonder if such a thing as a trend exists in light of today’s fast-changing and even amorphous living. The trend changes so often that the designs of today will be a little outdated in less than a few day’s time . What is the reason behind this? Innovation awareness, design or simply what goes into all of this to create structures: ie: Materials.  How much do we know about the materials that we are using? Are they what they used to be? Are they in some sense simply becoming continuous stratums of amortised risks? What do the leading designers say? Are the suppliers compliant with standards? Are they fully aware of what has entered a product that is required majorly in the Interiors segment as upstream?

There is a proverbial saying that Louis Kahn famously asked once what a brick wanted, but it might better serve us if we know what the brick was in the first place. This was earlier.  Today, Materials and Structure, Materials and Architecture, Materials and Interiors, Materials and Product – all share a close proximity with each other. Materials used today are well researched in its raw form – Strength, appearance, production process, recycling potential and the ecological and environmental hazards that they may lurk beneath the surface.

The new projects simply do not emerge out of nothing but are generated by the energy that comes from a development process that is in constant notion. The industry’s role in global greening underscores the need for this information transparency. Innovation in production processes means that novel materials are capable of broader functionality. However, the flip side to this is projects in the current and next decade account for practically 60 per cent  of all energy consumption in India. However, the dialogue for sustainable architecture often revolves around large iconic building or up-market construction simply because it attracts attention. While designing sustainable buildings that are less glamorous, the role and influence of market issues plays a important role in the background.  Finance for the construction of green architecture is the biggest impediment since solar panels, wood, efficient windows and doors, green roof tops, water and sewage treatment do not come cheap. This is the reason only high profile mega budget  projects are favoured. Certifying it Green with testimonials from world bodies also raises the value of properties.

We wish to begin our special focus on Workspaces of the Future by simply saying that ‘Architecture and Sustainability is not about mere tech readiness or new materials. It is about understanding, connecting, emphasising and being considerate of the habits, needs, attitudes of those who are going to inhabit those spaces. Sustainable development perceives architecture from a modernistic angle. Sustainable architecture is not a homogenous universally applicable set of practices; it needs to be defined in the context of an understanding of history, culture, climate and social mores. Sustainable architecture is not a mechanical subject; but a wheel in the modern sustainable urban design. Do read us this week to know more on what experts from the industry are saying about this.




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