Three-Day International Architectural Conference ‘NICHE-2014’ inaugurated at LPU

  • International speakers from Iran, Algeria, Mauritius, Turkey and other countries are to present study cases on different days
  • First of its kind in the Punjab state, the conference is to deal with aspects of architecture, planning & design
LPU School of Architecture & Design inaugurated its first 3-day international conference NICHE (Neo- International Conference of Habitable Environments)-2014 today. Organizing in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA)- a national body of architects in the country, it is first of its kind in the Punjab state.  The conference is to deal with aspects of architecture, planning & design. International speakers & audience from Iran, Algeria, Mauritius, Turkey and other countries are to attend the conference on different  days. The aim of the conference is to deal with both external (planning & architecture) and internal (interior and design) architectural aspects. Chairman IIA Publication Board Mr. Surinder Bagha, Vice-President IIA Ms. Divya Khush, LPU Chancellor Mr. Ashok Mittal and Ar. Namita Singh inaugurated the conference by lighting of the lamp.

Head of the School of Architecture & Design Ar. Atul Singla introduced the theme of the conference. LPU Chancellor Mr. Ashok Mittal welcomed international and national speakers and audience from different countries and wished successful outcome of the conference. Mr Mittal said: “India is growing fast in infrastructure development sector. However, we will have to go with planned executions. I am sure that discussions held in the conference will bring more of growth and development in the country.”

During first Technical Session- ‘Urbanism as a Way of Life’; Ms. Elif Berna Var from Istanbul Technical University Turkey presented a paper on “Social Sustainability in Urban Regeneration Projects” in relation to urban rehabilitation projects in Turkey. She stressed that regeneration processes have vital effects on protecting the historical environments as well as the cultural heritage. She explained that strategically organized regeneration projects can help to create more sustainable environments for current public use, and also for next generations.

Ms. Y Baguant-Moonshiram from University of Mauritius highlighted that town centers in Mauritius need renaissance as public infrastructure, community and transportation facilities lack in terms of changing demands. Besides, cities are unattractive with poor architectural design and offer no attractive activities.

Similarly, Prof Pratap D. Patil from Belgaum (Karnataka) highlighted coherence in the new expansions in relation to already existing surrounding development avoiding haphazard growth.  The study made by Prof. Praschaya Kaushik from Assam identified reasons behind the problems including water logging, traffic congestion and pollution in his city. Prof. Vanitha Putta from Hyderabad focused on evaluation of public housing schemes.

In the evening, question-answer session, panel discussion brain storming and cultural program was also held. The conference will continue next two days with more thoughtful architecture & design related discussions.

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