“Need to protect Le Corbusier’s legacy and ideology in 21st century”: International Architect Experts

Improving Public Transport, Maintaining open space & Greenery and Reducing road traffic are key to success for Chandigarh Smart City project says UNESCO Consultant

“Architect plan of any city is just like a genetic code for human life, so it is important to maintain the sanity of that place while preparing and planning the master plan” said Dr. Goffredo Serrini,          Architect Consultant, UNESCO. He was speaking during the inaugural session of the International Conference on “Trends in Architecture and Construction ICTAC 2017” organized by University Institute of Architecture at Chandigarh University Gharuan. Renowned Architect professionals, Research Scholars from 6 countries including India, Spain, U.S.A, Italy, U.K, and Palestine are participating during the one day international conference at Chandigarh University.

While addressing the students, Dr. Goffredo added that “Although Chandigarh is an ideal and futuristic city of India, yet there are number of operational issues that couldn’t be planned by the then French architect Le Corbusier”. The Architect Expert from Italy said, “As Chandigarh is gearing up to become Smart City of India, maintaining legacy and ideology of Le-Corbusier is important and should be ensured at all cost”. Dr. Goffredo advised the budding architects and toady’s town planners who are working on Chandigarh Smart City Project to concentrate on the areas such as smart public transportation system which can connect the public areas such as universities, colleges, hospitals & shopping malls, plan to reduce traffic congestion and maintaining the greenery of the city beautiful+. According to the UNESCO consultant, “Chandigarh was a city with lot of open spaces which has been lost due to rapid urbanization over the period of five decades”. He appreciated the concept of Sukhna Lake which acts as a meeting point of various communities and also a contact point between human and nature.

While delivering the key note address Prof. Francesco Alberti, Associate Professor, University of Florence, Italy, “Both the cities, Florence and Chandigarh can be turned as a symbolic city for their respective countries as both the cities showcase the level of progression architecture marvel and well planned & execution of modern day architecture techniques”. The modern city of Florence has many buildings constructed on the basis of concrete structures that were used by Le Corbusier in Chandigarh, added Prof. Alberti.

Chief architect, Punjab, Ar. Sapna stressed on the usage of energy conservation techniques as Government of India is working towards developing of policies and strategies that can help in saving energy which is consumed by the construction industry. Agencies like BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency), TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), and PEDA (Punjab Energy Development Agency) are working towards implementation of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) which has set a minimum energy standards for all the commercial buildings in India.

The other key speakers who participated during ICTAC 2017, included Prof. Dr Rommel Mehta HOD, Landscape Architecture and Expert Member, Heritage Conservation Committee, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, Prof. Dr. Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, Chairperson, Global Heritage Research School of Architecture & Design Nottingham University, UK, Prof. Pau Sola-Morales Dean of School of Architecture, University Rovira I Virgili, Spain, Prof. Tetaert Anthony, Research Scholar, Howest University, UK and Prof. Raffaele Paloscia, University of Florence, Italy.

Dr. R.S. Bawa, Vice Chancellor, Chandigarh University said, ” International Conference ‘ICTAC 2017’ would enable the budding architecture students of the university to interact with the renowned personality in the field of architecture from all around the world where they can share and explore their ideas in the field of construction, heritage and modern day architecture. Col. GS Toor, Principal, University Institute of Architecture said, “It’s a unique opportunity for the students of architecture as research scholars from more than 27 institutions all across the globe are presenting their research work in the diversified field of architecture”.