Saakaar Foundation has organized a
lecture by architect Shirish Beri on November 26, 1996 at Hotel Sunbeam,
An architect gives form to infinite space
so the quality of space created by him is of paramount importance, said
Shirish Beri. Shirish said architecture cannot be divorced from life.
Architecture should act as a catalyst to promote man’s closeness to nature
and if possible, closeness to man. Quality of space has a direct bearing
on influencing attitudes. Claustrophobia in a house reflects the
claustrophobia within, he said.
Shirish was critical of the present trends.
In the process of mass production, the space becomes monotonous and
predictable. It is sad that the space is being taken for granted.
Commercialization, hoardings, garbage and even electrical and mechanical
gadgets in our houses are eating up the valuable space. It is sad that
automobiles are influencing life quality of space and the architecture, he
Mr. Jit Gupta delivered the key note
address. Others who spoke on the occasion include Architect S.N. Kohli,
Aditya Prakash and Surinder Bahga. About 100 architects attended the
To celebrate 25 years in the
profession, Saakaar Foundation organized a day-long seminar in
collaboration with A+D. The Architecture + Design magazine was celebrating
20 years of invigorating architectural journalism in the country. The
event was organized at the Government Museum and Arts Gallery and was well
attended by over 300 architects, engineers, artists and dignitaries from
other professions. 'Towards Sustainable Architecture' was the theme for
the seminar that was chaired by Dr. S.S. Bhatti, former principal of
Chandigarh College of Architecture, with architect Jit Gupta, Chairman of
the Chandigarh and Punjab chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects as
the proceedings' co-ordinator.
Inaugurating the meet, Hon'ble
minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Raghunath Sahai Puri,
motivated the august gathering to adopt an eco-friendly approach towards
our built-environment, more so in the rural areas. Welcoming the
gathering, Suneet Paul, editorial director of A+D, stressed on the need to
be conscious of our depleting energy sources and relate design development
to the context.
Three speakers made presentations on
the theme. Anil Misra, solar energy consultant from Delhi and Secretary of
the Solar Energy Society of India, emphasized in his talk that low-energy
design has to be proposed at the initial stage of a building project and
energy objectives should be set in more specific terms. Architect Jeet
Malhotra, Delhi, remarked during his slide presentation that, "India is
lucky to have plenty of sun on its surface. If we trap solar energy, rural
India would gain more from "Urja Shakti" as it can be decentralized to
each and every village of the country." Prof. S.P. Jain, scientist from
CBRI, Roorkee, put across various practical approaches to cut-down energy
consumption in our dwellings and work spaces. He reflected that "In a
developing country like India, we construct more number of houses within
the available resources, neglecting the integration of energy-efficient
features in the initial stage due to its slightly higher cost."
Presenting the vote of thanks,
architect Surinder Bahga of Saakaar Foundation outlined that the seminar
aimed at identifying as to what has already been achieved by architects in
this field and also to generate and compile new ideas in the use of
sustainable architecture. The seminar was creatively wrapped up with a
holistic talk by the chairperson Dr. S.S. Bhatti.
The informal evening meet prior to
the seminar and the seminar itself were a very useful platform for the
invited professionals from Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi
and Rajasthan. The design community lapped up the event with a very
Life and Works of Pierre
Contemporary Indian Architecture owes
much to the Swiss architects Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret.
Both were pioneers in the planning, designing and execution of capital
city of Chandigarh in Punjab state of India. Numerous books and articles
were written and seminars organized on Le Corbusier's work and philosophy
but there is very little literature available on Great Architect Pierre
Jeanneret and no exclusive seminar organized on his life and
In addition to Chandigarh City, he
was responsible for planning and designing of new towns of Talwara,
Pandoh, and Sundarnagar etc. He was also founder Principal of Chandigarh
College of Architecture. His works and contribution is still unknown to
architectural fraternity the world-over. Saakaar Foundation will organize
a seminar on "Life and Works of Pierre Jeanneret" on November 20, 2005 at
Government Museum & Arts Gallery, Chandigarh. The Arts Council of
Switzerland and Swiss Embassy in India are also taking part in this event.
Dr. Dominique Dreyer, Hon'ble Swiss Ambassador will be the Chief
Mr. Gilles Barbey, Author of
forthcoming book on Pierre Jeanneret, Switzerland will speak on Pierre
Jeanneret's early architectural perspectives and work in Europe
He will discuss various categories of
schemes and buildings designed by Pierre Jeanneret, both at domestic and
urban scales, with a special emphasis on innovative structures and their
Mr. Pierre Frey, Head of Lausanne
Polytechnic School, Switzerland will express his views on gathering of
sources and documenting Pierre Jeanneret's early work: are archival
documents of Pierre Jeanneret available?
The nomadic career of Pierre
Jeanneret, his successive residences linked to his professional and ethic
commitment and also the prominent archives of his famous cousin explain
the difficulty in identifying and localizing the archival sources of
Pierre Jeanneret 's work. Their gathering, analysis and conservation are
fundamental requirements for the architectural history.
Mr. Jeet Malhotra, Architect-Planner,
New Delhi will enlighten the delegates with his personal experiences with
On this occasion, an exhibition on
Indian Works of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret and their influence on
Modern Architecture of India will be on display for seven
A travelling exhibition "
Dream Realised " and a CD-ROM on works of Le Corbusier &
PierreJeanneret was prepared and shown in seven big cities of india. The
project was supported by Swiss Arts Council and Embassy of Switzerland in
India. This was a commemorative project to celebrate 50 years of
Chandigarh's inception and mark the beginning of the new millennium. The
exhibition was a great success. It was visited by nearly 5000 people in
each city and appreciated by media and public.
"Humane Architecture", an
exhibition held by Saakaar Foundation in The Government Museum & Art
Gallery in Chandigarh in 1994. It was focused on the projects realised by
V Asian Congress of Architects,
Lahore ( Pakistan) : - Two churches designed by Saakaar Foundation were
exhibited in the exhibition organised on this occasion.
In "Living Chandigarh 50", an
exhibition organised on the eve of international Conference "Celebrating
Chandigarh : 50 years of the ides" by Chandigarh Administration in January
1999, one of the churches designed by the Foundation got exhibited.
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