The urban-rural welfare gap constrains architecture in India

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Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): The Bhopal Center of Madhya Pradesh Chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) organized an interactive session for practitioners and scholars of architecture in the city on Saturday.

The speakers discussed design constraints and solutions incorporating modern techniques and local slang.

The main speaker was the academic Antonella Contin, doctorate in architecture and research associate at the Institute for Architecture and Urbanism (DAStU), Faculty of Architecture, Urban Planning and Civil Engineering of the University of the Politecnico di Milano.

Contin’s research focuses on metropolitan architecture, new sustainable models of urban growth, smart sensitive cities, new technologies and urban mapping.

In her address, Contin said she believes it is crucial to understand how natural hazards are affecting India’s vast and diverse landscape due to climate change.

The deep urban-rural welfare divide has constrained the growth of Indian architecture. “The key is to determine which growth model can allow us to preserve the structuring values ​​of the cities of the past, but integrate them into the metropolis’ new green-grey infrastructure,” she added.

Those in attendance included Architect Ashutosh Agarwal, Joint Secretary of Indian Institute of Architects, Shubhashish Banerjee, Chair of ITPI MP Chapter and Vibha Shrivastava, Vice Chair of IIA, MP Chapter.

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