The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) successfully staged it’s national convention – IIA Natcon – TRANSCEND 2020. Held this year in the virtual space, the event was inaugurated, by the Vice President of India Shri. M.Venkaiah Naidu. All the Master Speakers, Panelists and Delegates from across India and abroad participated in the annual IIA event to delve into ways of working in the ‘new normal’. Transcending, resilience, innovation, inclusiveness and self-reliance were the keenly discussed topics.
The two IIA Natcon started with the virtual inaugural ceremony addressed by Vice President of India Shri M Venkaiah Naidu. He called upon the architects of the country, to adopt and promote Green Architecture and also added that the use of renewable energy sources such as solar energy should get implemented in the upcoming building projects. He urged the Architect community to develop smart cities and to realise PM Modi’s dream of housing for all, while preserving the heritage and local sensibilities of each area, and engaging immensely talented local craftsman and artisans who are struggling to keep our culture alive.
Industry stalwarts came together for 6 sessions spread over two days. Prominent speakers included Ar. Rahul Mehrotra (Founder RMA Architects), Mr. Marion Weiss& Ms. Michael Manfredi (WEISS/MANFREDI), Mr. SonamWangchuk (Engineer & Founder, SECMOL, Ladakh) and Ar. Moshe Safdie (Safdie Architects).
The keynote speaker for IIA Natcon Transcend Ar. Rahul Mehrotra (Founder of RMA Architects) talked about the Covid19 migrant crisis. He said, ‘The migrant crisis was unquestionably inhumane, which is evidence that the biggest design challenge going forward will be to design for flux’. He further stated that the most important question to be addressed today is – How Architects must re-embed themselves in society?
Mr. Michael Manfredi & Ms.Marion Weiss (WEISS/MANFREDI)
Ar. Moshe Safdie