RR Decor Launches Lizzo’s Latest Collection of Wallpapers

RR Decor Launches Lizzo’s Latest Collection of Wallpapers

New Delhi, July 2018—– Spanish fabric editor, Lizzo, is renowned for their historically inspired and beautifully textured fabrics. They have recently launched their new collection, Legend, created in collaboration with Italian abstract painter Elena Carozzi. It is available in India, through RR Decor.

While the luxurious Legend collection captures the essence of European sophistication, you can witness diverse inspirations and techniques adopted from around the globe. The unique embossed finish of the wallpapers adds depth and movement to the intricate designs, giving an enticing táctile quality.


The precise and intricate designs coupled with a sophisticated palette of rich tones,  neutrals, charcoals, lime and blue, add dimensión to the collection. Dazzling metallic colours, ornamental motifs, abstract art and geometric prints combined with traditional techniques and natural textures create an opulent environment.


* Wild Garden Green showcases the vivaciousness of the flora.

* Batic comes alive with tiny pops of colours and embossed textures.

* Colonial Grey showcases classic damask motifs.

* The single shade Karaba wallpapers bristle with texture and tactility.

* Wild Garden Brown is vibrant and full of nature’s mysteries.



About RR Décor:

A pioneer in the weaving of handloom silks, RR Décor is India’s premier textile design company, with focus on originality of designs. We design and market exclusive furnishing and upholstery fabrics for residential and contract interiors.

RR Décor fabrics begin life in the design department where a team of artists, designers and stylists put their ideas into practice. An essential tool at the creative stage is the company’s in-depth study of ancient fabrics fused with modern day eccentricities.

Most research into RR Décor fabrics starts at least twelve months in advance, with special focus on more innovative trends which range from contemporary art to extreme experimentation by International Design Houses, who are instrumental in the designing of our collections.


  1. R. Decor Pvt. Ltd.

X-21, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase-II,

New Delhi-110020, India

Phone No : 91-11-41731107/08, 46068777

Email – [email protected], [email protected]

Website – www.rrdecor.com





Post-event report Mumbai edition :

lavish inaugural launched by distinguished architects and designers kick-started the Festival of Architecture and Interior Designing into its 5th year of design celebration. As FOAID received over 3000 prolific minds from around the country at the Mumbai edition, it truly transformed into a networking platform to exchange ideas, inspire and engage in knowledgeable conversations about the design industry. The Design Arena had visitors witness art and furniture installations designed by students. Illustrious architects and designers showcased over 250 built, un-built and ongoing national and international projects at the exhibition. FOAID brought about an air of interaction and expanding vision.


Having brought together prominent panelists, speakers, and jury members, the conference organized a number of keynote addresses, presentations, panel discussions and competitions across two days. The topics for the conference were conceived to inspire and encourage delegates to raise questions and initiate a conversation. Design Manthan at FOAID was especially an excellent opportunity for all delegates traveling from other cities to be guided by and intermix with key designers present at the event as speakers & jurors.


(L-R) Sunil Philip, Patricia Emma Fernandez Ortiz, Vivek Gupta, Richa Bahl (Large)

The panel discussions were devised keeping in mind the theme for the edition, ‘Time to Re:Imagine’. These covered a wide range from presenting personal views over the practice of collaborating with foreign firms to a light-hearted dialogue on design becoming a visual spectacle. Eminent designers like Naresh Narasimhan, Tony Joseph, Asha Sairam, Tony Kunnel, Nuru Karim, and many more and many more delivered compact and inspiring presentations on varying topics.

The topics for the conference were conceived to inspire and encourage delegates to raise questions and initiate a conversation. One such topic that garnered soared attention from the audience was a discussion on fees in the profession. Prashant Sutaria steered the discussion with fellow panelists Anubhav Gupta, Barun Pal Chowdhury, J.P Agrawal, Ratan J Batliboi, Sandeep Shikhre and Virendra Khare. The panel corresponded ideas through which the fee structure can be re-imagined, amongst other things.

(L-R) Prashant Sutaria, Anubhav Gupta, Barun Pal Chowdhury, J.P. Agrawal, Ratan J Batliboi, Sandeep Shikre, Virendra Khare during panel discussion (Large)

Anubhav referenced foreign practices while suggesting migration from the quantity of area standpoint to a staffing exercise while structuring fees. Ar. Batliboi and Mr. Barun agreed to a counterpoint. They opined working smarter, establishing and respecting your own worth and not agreeing to anything lower than what you deserve as key changes that need to be made to handle client dealings. “How can you choose somebody based on the fee structure?” Sandeep questioned. His applaudable monologue touched upon all factors contributing to the unequal practices in the profession. He recognized the architect as an artist whose value is bargained and negotiated. To tackle some of the issues he presented various solutions like raising the fee structure, negotiation of fees before commencing a project and redefining the relationship between the tangible value of a firm and the remuneration it receives.

As J.P rightly said, the fees may be subjective but there need to be benchmarks for salaries of fresh graduates as is the case with other courses. Virendra shared his advice to younger designers. While acknowledging the difficulties and disparities in the income structure, he strongly backed working hard without expectations at the start of one’s career. A higher project quality will speak for higher fees in future projects. The discussion covered the responsibilities of the council as well as the norms of competitions. The panel came to a close after an elaborate question-answer round from the audience.

Yatin Patel, DSP Design Presenting during the conference (Large)

Ar. Yatin Patel of DSP Design, Mumbai spoke about his firm’s area of specialization, offices. He talked about the demographics of the current working population and what is in place for the design of future office spaces. “Who is the client? What are we designing for?” are the questions he addresses before commencing work on any project. With statistics in place reiterating the fact that 75% of the working population would consist of millennials by the year 2030, he listed factors brimming with what makes the millennial workforce tick. They are not afraid to change jobs. They need space but also interaction. Minding their seemingly preferred dynamic variety of options, Yatin’s ‘Adaptable Offices’ concept allows them the freedom to co-habitat a working space flexible to their needs. “Work is not a place to go, it is an activity,” he stated. By giving up the desk, one can gain the whole office. From public to semi-private and private, each area is designed to collaborate, converse, concentrate or relax and socialize. They also concentrate on well being and biophilic design as a way of connecting with nature and unwinding. This way of design gives a whole new atmosphere to the usual office.

Moreover, a series of unique & brief presentations by four creative minds namely Patrica Emma Fernandez Ortiz, Richa Bahl, Sunil Philip, and Vivek Gupta made for an engaging analogue. D Talks encouraged fun and thoughtful correspondence on‘Purpose fuels Passion’. The award ceremony felicitating winners of the various competitions like Everest Design Challenge, Expressions, Architecture Ideas, Creative Minds Next conducted by FOAID brought forth a range of untapped and budding talent.

The annual furniture making design competition, ‘Wood is Good’ invited design students from architecture and design schools to showcase their upcoming talent & creativity. The creations stemmed out of Canadian wood, sustainably sourced from the forests of Canada encourages upcoming talent. Aditya College of Design and Studies emerged as the winner for their installation, ‘The Dexterous Box’. Kamla Raheja College for Architecture and Environmental Studies and Bharti Vidyapeeth College of Architecture were the first and second runner-up colleges respectively. Aakif Habib, Ali Baldiwala, Huzefa Rangwala, Shaheen Mistry, and Tejal Mathur served as the mentors for the five participating colleges.

Noticeably, the 5th edition of FOAID was a grand success. The event weaved together a varied set of activities and events to keep the visitors captivated. The event will celebrate the world of design again next year with a renewed vigour and equal dedication.


Kaira Looro Competition for Peace Pavillon in Africa

Kaira Looro Competition for
Peace Pavillon in Africa
In memory of the innocent victims of war in Africa
“Peace is a dream, it can become a reality…
but to build it we must be capable of dreaming.”
(Nelson Mandela)

Intercultural hostility and the exploitation of resources on the African continent have triggered a succession of armed conflicts resulting in millions of innocent lives lost and refugees seeking hope in a better life elsewhere. Communities annihilated. Villages and cities torn to the ground. Nations in chaos.
Remembering the victims through the universal value of peace can help to lay the foundation for the creation of an inclusive and cohesive society. Contemplation, memory, and compassion are the values that commemorative architecture must convey in order to build a better world.

The internationally jury is composed by Kengo Kuma, T. Hirano (Università di Tokyo), A. Ghirardelli (SBGA), Urko Sanchez (Urko Sanchez Architects), Diana Lopez Caramazana (UN-Habitat Nairobi), Jean Paul Sebuhayi Uwase & Noella Nibakuze (Mass Group Design). The scientific committee is composed by S. D’Urso (Università di Catania), R. Vecchio (Balouo Salo) and Moussa Souane (CCAI Sedhio)

Early registration – from 18th January to 11st February 2019 Normal registration – from 12nd February to 10th March 2019 Late registration – from 05th March to 31st April, 2019 Submission deadline – 18th April 2019 Winners announced – 4th May 2019

1st Place: € 4,000 + Internship at Kengo Kuma Associates at Tokyo Office+ Construction
2nd Place: € 1,000 + Publication + Exhibition + Certificate
3rd Place: € 500 + Publication + Exhibition + Certificate
2 honorable mentions: € 150 + Publication + Exhibition + Certificate
5 mentions: Publication + Exhibition + Certificate
20 finalists: Publication + Exhibition + Certificate
To enter the contest, participants have just to fill out the registration form in the official website.


All awarded projects will be published in the competition’s official book and on its website, transmitted to architectural websites and other architectural contexts, and displayed at architectural events.
For more information go to the official website:
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Competition Web Site:
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GRIHA launches CITIES rating at the inaugural of the 10th GRIHA Summit

• Council focuses efforts towards building green cities
• Signs two MoUs with Global Association for Corporate Services (GCAS) & with Public Works Department (PWD), Govt of Maharashtra

New Delhi, December 11, 2018: Continuing the legacy of building a sustainable green future, Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Council kicked-off the 10th GRIHA Summit today by launching GRIHA for CITIES rating, in the presence of Ms. Harinder Sidhu, Australian High Commissioner to India, Prof. Ian Jacobs, President and Vice‑Chancellor, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia, and many other dignitaries. The GRIHA for CITIES rating has been structured as a framework for sustainable development of a city, to be achieved by measuring ‘greenness’ of existing as well as proposed cities. The rating sets performance benchmarks for key resiurces such as energy, water, and waste, and evaluates performance in areas such as smart governance, social wellbeing, and transportation.

On the side-lines of the inaugural, GRIHA signed two Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs); one with Global Association for Corporate Services (GACS) on training and awareness on green buildings and the second with Public Works Department (PWD), Govt. of Maharashtra, on green rating for 1608 existing buildings in Maharashtra.
During his welcome speech, Dr. Ajay Mathur, DG, TERI, said, “India and Australia are the two countries which share the same climate. But Australia is the only country with the similar climate that has an active energy-efficiency program. This, therefore, provides a huge amount of potential for collaborative learning as India moves to a future where we see a lot more planned habitats and air-conditioned buildings.”

Ms. Harinder Sidhu, Australian High Commissioner to India, said, “Making cities sustainable is imperative, and government and community collaboration is essential to make that happen. Government has an important role, but it needs the combined effort of the private sector and the academia. Research institutions, such as UNSW and GRIHA Council, help in connecting and incentivising government to make the enormous contribution to this goal of sustainable urban future.”

During the event, GRIHA Council released its vision statement, which reads, “We at GRIHA Council, stand for credibility, integrity, and inclusiveness, while upholding Indian ethos for future-ready, and sustainable habitat.” GRIHA also launched their revamped website which aims to serve as a knowledge-repository for its customers.

Prof. Ian Jacobs, President and Vice‑Chancellor, University of New South Wales (UNSW), said, “India’s commitment to green buildings and renewable energy is to be applauded. UNSW shares the view that the government and research institutions are natural partners. So, the 2018 GRIHA Summit theme, ‘Fostering partnerships for sustainable habitat’, aligned in seeking out partnerships to maximise our impact on the communities we serve. I am also delighted that the joint research that UNSW, TERI and GRIHA do together on energy, waste water treatment, intelligent transport systems and sustainable housing will have tangible applications going with it.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sanjay Seth, CEO, GRIHA Council, said, “The 10th GRIHA Summit shall serve as a dynamic platform for industry partners, design practitioners, academia, policy makers, multi-lateral & bi-lateral partners and other stakeholders to collaborate, deliberate on and share collective knowledge on innovative and indigenous solutions to promote sustainability through meaningful partnerships.”

In the past, the GRIHA Summit has played host to various technical sessions on sustainable building policies, tools & techniques and exhibitions showcasing sustainable building materials, construction practices and technologies. GRIHA has been recognised as an effective tool to evaluate the environmental performance of a building holistically over its entire lifecycle based on quantitative and qualitative criteria. It seeks to minimise resource consumption, waste generation and overall ecological/environmental impact of buildings and habitats.


ABOUT GRIHA:Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Council is an independent, not- for -profit society jointly setup by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India to promote and administer green buildings in India. GRIHA has been acknowledged as a tool to evaluate reduction in emission intensity through habitats, as part of mitigation strategy for combating climate change in India’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted to UNFCCC.
For further details, please contact:
GRIHA Council:
Santhosh Ramkumar: 8800697990 | [email protected]
Pallavi Singh: 01124682100 Ext 2422 | [email protected]
Sneha Dev: 9958000706 | Sneha.Dev[email protected]

Infrastructure is the key element for laying the foundation of a developed country

‘Infrastructure is the key element for laying the foundation of a developed country,’ Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya, Hon’ble Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizer


6th Edition of TheEconomic Times Infra Focus Summit highlighted key implementations and projects for a futuristic approach


New Delhi, September: As we continue to transition towards futuristic and resilient infrastructure, the 6th edition of The Economic Times Infra Focus Summit 2018 bought some of the finest minds of infrastructure, rail and roadways together and explored concerns affecting infrastructure in India, recent key proposals taken by the government and what the future holds in terms of Infrastructure Investments.


Distinguished speakers from across cities and departments shared their valuable views at the event, starting from MNCs, airport authorities, law firms, DMRC, railway and infrastructure development companies.


Present as Chief Guest at the summit was Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya, Hon’ble Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizer, who spoke about the significance of infrastructure in laying the foundations of an urbanized country.“Infrastructure is the key element or you can say one of the strongest pillars for laying the foundation of a developed country. Summits like ‘ET Infra Focus’ give a platform to industries to come forward and share their views, developments and innovations with respect to the current scenario. India has all the potential to become a developed nation, but it cannot happen only by political support; it needs a collaborated effort from all the sectors. A road map for any project is important but the execution of the same is imperative.”


Touching upon the value of skill development and Sagarmala project,Mr. Kailash Kumar Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Shipping said,India with its GDP growth rate of 7-8% has huge potential to develop the Ports.In 2016, we launched the Sagarmala project which in turn gave opportunities to create infrastructure and development of skilled manpower. Since the time of start of the Sagarmala programme, the turnover time of the ports have been reduced 25% from 87 hrs in 2015-16 to 64 hours in 2017-18. Initiatives like direct port delivery, direct port entry, elimination of manual forms are being taken to ease out the whole process. By 2020, we plan to train 70,000 people as far as skill development is concerned. Green energy projects are also in the pipeline.”


Taking in account the Bharatmala Project, Nagendra Nath Sinha, Managing Director, NHIDCL said “There is an utmost need to bring down the cost of logistics from 18% to 6% and this is only possible if we have well-connected roads. 24 Integrated check posts (ICPs) are identified and transit through Bangladesh to improve North East connectivity. Integrating Bangladesh– Bhutan – Nepal, and Myanmar – Thailandcorridors will make the North East hub of East Asia. National corridors will cater to key production and 24 logistics parks identified consumption centers accounting for 45% of India’s road freight.”

Emphasizing on the fact that waterways are a less polluting mode of transport in terms of air, water and noise pollution, Mr. Pravir Pandey, Chairman, Inland Waterways Authority of India, said, “We are aiming to widen the transportation to provide more options for people to decide, which mode of transport they want to use as far as logistics are concerned. The Inland Waterways Authority of India was formed in 1986 and till 2018, only 3000 crores were invested as compared to other sectors. When it comes to waterways, we are trying tointervenescientifically and with the latest engineering technology. Perhaps there are chances to rejuvenate the water bodies, and we have the best of talents who are working on that. Our objective is to develop 1390 KM navigable stretch with 2.2m to 3m LAD & 45m bottom width. We have the backup for Technical & Financial assistance from World Bank with project cost around Rs. 5,369 Cr.”

While on the other hand, Mr.R.L. Mopalwar, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation explained how the new additions in Mumbai, the ‘sea-links’ turned out to be a constructive step to ease out the whole traffic congestion scenario for approx. 24 million people.He also shared details about their new project, ‘Versova-Bandra sea link’ which is proposed to be 17.7 km long and other projects which are in the pipeline.


Shri. Yudhvir Singh Malik, Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways spoke on the need for accountability and preparation. He expressed the need for ground preparedness and having a holistic approach, as roads leads to development. It is important to have an understanding between the contractors and the concerned officials without which one cannot flourish.


Mr. Naveen Jindal, Chairman, Jindal steel and Power Limited, spoke about how it is tough to be a private sector company in India. Among other things, he spoke about the integrated project value that is there for delivery of India’s infrastructure targets and how planning is vital to make them a success in India.

The summit also focused on two revealing and educative case studies that laid weight on strengthening regional transport connectivity in southern Asia and the most expensive project that is the Chenab River Bridge Project.


Commenting on the summit, Deepak Lamba, President, Times Strategic Solutions, stated, “The rapid pace of infrastructural development is an unstoppable global phenomenon. Given that India is the world’s fastest-growing major economy and the forerunner of global economic growth, it is vital that key stakeholders across the nation work together to create sustainable solutions that allow us to carry intelligent, efficient infrastructure that allow and empower all to build the India of tomorrow. The Economic Times Infra Focus is a catalyst of the change we are looking to bring about, and we are very pleased to be back with another edition of this power-packed Summit that lays out the path of future growth for us all.”

The Infra Focus Summit proved to be a successful platform for change-makers to come together and exchange ideas on how to turn India from a developing nation to a developed one, with experts and industry leaders evaluating various threats, challenges and opportunities in the sector and charting out the path for future growth.


About ET Edge

Times Strategic Solutions Ltd., functional under the brand name ET Edge, is an Economic Times initiative founded to empower multiple industries and segments by sharing critical business knowledge through strategic conferences and summits. Encompassing the Indian business vista, ET Edge strives to bring together visionaries and key leaders on its knowledge platforms to create social and business ecology conducive to the positive changes required by the industry. The main aim of this initiative is to channel global business intelligence through summits and conferences in overarching lectures, hands-on workshops, panels, roundtables and case studies.

Ottimo brings luxury Italian furniture brand Cipriani Homood to India

Ottimo brings luxury Italian furniture brand Cipriani Homood to India

New Delhi, May 2018: Having introduced several leading Italian brands to India, Ottimo now brings to India another luxury brand from the historic Tuscan city of Pisa – Cipriani Homood.
The brand, known for its sophisticated designs celebrating art and understated opulence, will be available in India for the first time.

The Cipriani collections are designed by a team of highly skilled designers and technicians from CIAC Cosmopolitan Home, owners of the brand. At the helm is Creative Director Lucia Ippolito, a former senior product designer for Versace Home. The timeless elegance and contemporary sophistication of the collections are sure to enthuse the design conscious customers.

Cipriani’s hand-crafted pieces of furniture use the best materials — exotic wood, finest Italian marble, exquisitely embroidered leathers, glass and brushed metals etc. Their superior furniture collection — both indoor and outdoor,100 percent customizable wardrobes, captivating scents and their latest collection Sesto Senso, meaning Sixth Sense, that stunned the visitors at the
recent Milan Furniture Fair will be exclusively available through Ottimo.


According to Ashok Basoya, founder of Ottimo, “Cipriani is an extremely sophisticated and subtle collection. It epitomizes an understated luxury that flows from the design and material used.”



About The Brand
Ottimo began life as an idea to showcase the best of Italian furniture in India. The brainchild of Ashok Basoya, it soon took on a life of its own and today represents some of the best-known brands in Italian interiors alongside his own in-house brand – Ottimo. Backed by years of expertise, patented technologies and innovative designs, Ottimo’s showcase traverses sofas, beds, doors, walls and floorings, kitchens, children’s room, rooms within rooms, studio apartments, kitchen appliances, home automation and more.




Availability of the brand in India at:
354, Jagat Complex (1st Floor),
100 Feet Road, Ghitorini, New Delhi – 110030
Phone: +91 9650244599, 8527009355


We must strive to create homes and not just build houses

We must strive to create homes and not just build houses’

At the Economic Times & Saint Gobain Smart Green Summit & Awards 2018

April, 2018 Delhi: The progressive minds of the real estate industry came together to pave a road map to sustainable and technologically driven spaces. It was a summit packed with knowledge, industry insight and offered a holistic view and understanding of the entire ecosystem, across the globe. The summit stood witness to the coming together of great minds and awarding some of the greatest projects, the Smart Green Summit & Awards was held today at Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi.

The Summit included multi-faceted conference where International and National Keynotes speakers shared their expertise to an audience of over 500 top notch developers, architects, designers, government officials, sustainable experts, and other architecture and design related executives who have dedicatedly worked towards creating sustainable living places. Pioneers like Rahul Kadri, Frven Lim, and Chin Theo Chong, Manit Rastogi, Pradeep Nair, Prof. Robin Drogemuller, Martha Thorne, Angelene Chan, Ar K Jaisim, Boman Irani, Chhavi Rajawat, Dr Prabhat Rahangdale, O.P. Agarwal ,Paritosh Gupta, Prem Chandavarkar,, Prof. Dr. P.S.N. Rao , Sreeram Ananthasayanam, Sanjay Seth, Satish Gokhale shed light on design, technology, material and policy segments of the space.

Mr. Manit Rastogi, Founder Partner, Morphogenesis, India said, “We must look in our own industrious past to cull out a better future”. Mr. Rahul Kadri, principal architect, IM Kadri Architects remarked that, “Incredulous master-plans and a rigid policy framework limits the effective planning and diversification of living places, suitable to the need to present hour. Too much centralized planning and the general attitude of urban planning in India does not work for the many millions”.

Mr. Venkat Subramanian, Regional CEO- Construction Products India & Managing Director- Gyproc India gave the welcome address to start the Summit. Mr. Subramanian expressed his pleasure at presenting the 3rd Smart Green Summit & Awards, in association with the Economic Times. He said,” The Smart Green Summit and Awards, reflects our deep commitment to the green cause through recognizing green crusaders and helping channelize the fraternity’s collective and collaborative efforts, to ensure the future of habitat is in safe hands”. He spoke about the agenda and mentioned the interesting lineup of speakers divided in four segments – Design, Technology, Material and Policy.

 The Vote of thanks was given by A R Unnikrishnan, Director – sales and marketing, Saint Gobain India Pvt Ltd – Glass Business. He said,” As we come to the last leg of the summit it is our pleasure to thank all those involved and all the participants, eminent speakers, expert jury members and the advisory body.” He added,” When we were putting the Summit together we wanted to bring the best minds of the ecosystem together and that indeed has given us valuable and deep insight for the future and left us with immense hope and possibilities the future holds. We would like to continue our efforts and revive the Summit again to celebrate the best solutions towards sustainability and smart living”.

The event concluded with awarding some of the most thoughtful and sustainable projects undertaken in this space.

Elaborating on the summit and awards, Mr. Deepak Lamba, President – Times Strategic Solutions, said, “We are glad to have been a part of and bring to all this great summit that has brought together the crusaders of sustainability under one roof. Great solutions towards sustainable living has emanated from the Summit and passionate efforts have been recognized and awarded. We wish to take the narrative further and continue to strive for sustainability”.

List of Advisory Board members for the Summit:

  • Angelene Chan, CEO, DP Architects, Singapore
  • Dhanajaye Dake, Principal Architect, Construction Catalysers
  • George Ferguson, Former Mayor of Bristol
  • Hitesh Vaidya, Country Manager- India, UN Habitat
  • Manit Rastogi, Founder Partner, Morphogenesis
  • Michael  Foley, Founder, Foley Designs
  • S. Sridhar, Chairman, IHF


List of Jury members for the Smart Green Awards:

  • Abha Narain Lambah – Principal Architect, Abha Narain Lambah Associates
  • Ar J P Agarwal, Principal Architect, Agarwal & Agarwal Architects
  • B. Santhanam, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd.
  • Boman Irani, Managing Director, Rustomjee Developers
  • Deepak S. Parekh, Chairman, Housing Development Finance Corporation, India
  • Dr Mahavir, Dean, School of Planning and Architecture(SPA) – Delhi
  • Jayantha Perera, Principal Architect, Architect Jayantha Perera, Sri Lanka
  • Michael Foley, Founder, Foley Designs
  • Niranjan Khatri, Founder, iSambhav
  • Prem Chandavarkar, Managing Partner, CnT Architects
  • Sanjay Prakash, Principal Architect, Shift: Studio for Habitat Futures
  • Utpal Deka – National Team Leader – Capacity Building for Urban Development in India, Ministry of Urban Development – India

About ET Edge

Times Strategic Solutions Ltd., functional under the brand name ET Edge, is an Economic Times initiative founded to empower multiple industries and segments by sharing critical business knowledge through strategic conferences and summits. Encompassing the Indian business vista, ET Edge strives to bring together visionaries and key leaders on its knowledge platforms to create social and business ecology conducive to the positive changes required by the industry. The main aim of this initiative is to channel global business intelligence through summits and conferences in overarching lectures, hands-on workshops, panels, round tables and case studies.



The Smart Green Summit & Awards 2018

The Smart Green Summit & Awards 2018

An Overview

The Real Estate Industry in India is on the growth trajectory for creating sustainable living spaces. In order to encourage new ideas and techniques that are incorporated in building the sustainable, aesthetically appealing and technological driven development, Saint-Gobain & The Economic Times Smart Green Awards 2018 is an attempt to recognize and reward the game changers of Indian Architecture and Design Landscape.

Nominations are open to design and development firms who are contributing to all sizes and types of projects – ranging from Ultra Luxury to Affordable, from Public Spaces to Commercial properties, and from Educational Institutions to Heritage & Conservation. We assess the best across categories. The Smart Green Awards 2018 is among the highest accolades one can receive, as the elections are voiced by Asia’s Design fraternity for the Asia Design fraternity.


The Smart Green Summit & Awards 2018

The Smart Green Summit & Awards, a reflection of Saint-Gobain’s philosophy of creating well-being in Living Places,  is a day-long conference presented in partnership with The Economic Times. This legacy summit will bring under one roof – over 500 top notch developers, architects, designers, government officials, sustainable experts, and other architecture and design related executives who work towards creating sustainable living places.

The focus of the 3rd edition of this summit is on futuristic sustainable building designs, smart technology, new building materials and policies that will redefine our built environment. The summit will include interesting conferencing activities such as Panel Discussions, Keynote Presentations, Unique Networking Activities, Round Table discussions and Think Tanks.


VISIT >>> The Smart Green Summit & Awards 2018





New CEPT University Campus | Christopher Charles Benninger

New CEPT University Campus | Christopher Charles Benninger

As CEPT University has grown and evolved from very informal teaching and learning methods, in an ashram-like atmosphere of small classes, gradually evolving into a world-class university with highly diverse and numerous course offerings, the need for additional learning spaces has increased, almost to the point of crises.

Thus, the Board of Management decided to create a new hub for learning and research, that addresses the future vision of the campus. The Academic hub is envisioned as a center for teaching and research, integrating students from many professional disciplines into a common gathering area.

A large research facility will integrate into the hub at a later stage. At present a new centre of learning is envisioned that will include a much-needed auditorium with a capacity of seating five hundred participants; four lecture spaces seating up to eighty people each; eight classrooms accommodating forty students each, and eight seminar rooms accommodating between twenty-five and thirty students each. These facilities will also require supporting sanitary facilities, as well as vertical and horizontal circulation areas.



The commission was awarded to Christopher Benninger who has been associated with the CEPT University since he came to the School of Architecture as a Fulbright Fellow in 1968. In late 1971 he returned to CEPT, from the Graduate School of Design, where he was teaching, to initiate the School of Planning. Since his days at CEPT, he has founded the Centre for Development Studies and Activities, taught architecture and planning, and carried out the designs of numerous award-winning educational campuses. His well-known designs include the Centre for Development Studies and Activities; the Mahindra United World College of India; the new campus at IIM, Calcutta; the emerging IIT, Hyderabad; the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi; structures at the College of Engineering, Pune; and the Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, amongst others. He is the architect for the new Azim Premji University at Bengaluru. These institutes and other award-winning projects, ranging from large industrial pavilions to corporate headquarters, convinced the management that his extensive teaching career, published works, half-century association with CEPT, and his outstanding design career were the required prerequisites to undertake this important commission.

New CEPT University Campus


The concept design for this new Academic Hub locates the facility in the North-west corner of the CEPT University campus. The design envisions the built form as being a vibrant hinge, interconnecting a promenade running in front of the School of Architecture, along the iconic campus lawn a connecting through a portico to a water feature where the storm collection pool is, and a lively concourse passing the new café, leading into the Shrenikbhai Lalbhai Plaza.

The design creates a two-level gathering portico, from which one enters the auditorium, accesses an elevator, ascends stairs up to the first level and accesses sanitary facilities.



New CEPT University Campus Plan

New CEPT University Campus


The plan was evolved in a manner to conserve the older trees on the site, by sliding the structure in three portions from the east to the west, making pockets for these trees. The west side of the auditorium employs movable fenestration opening out onto the water pool. The first level hosts verandah connecting to the upper campus lawn. A bridge connects the café, which sits at a raised level, into the first floor of the portico.

Learning spaces are accessed from a central airy atrium, employing natural light from skylights above, and ventilation drawing fresh air in through sliding screens on the facades, making a building envelope, which shades the entire structure and protects it from the harsh summer sun. Fresh air is gathered from verandahs between the classrooms and these screens. Thus, there is a double skinned envelope employing flexible, moving shade screens on the outer face, separated from sliding glass panels within the classrooms vide small verandahs reminiscent of the balconies in the School of Architecture. All the sectional-elevation heights mirror those of the iconic School of Architecture, constructed more than fifty years ago, gifting a sense of enclosure, yet openness to the campus lawns.


The materials palette includes exposed concrete, aluminium framed glass fenestration within the interior, aluminium sliding jaali panels on the facades, and glass sliding panels set back within small verandahs.

There is an attempt to create transparency though the building, using opaque glass walls between the classrooms and the atrium, while employing solid walls between classrooms. Floors will be of polished Kota stone.

New cept university campus is conceived as a green and sustainable one, using non-toxic materials, recycling all the water, employing passive lighting by reflecting daylight from the jaalis up to the ceilings in the classrooms, using air coolers and water-based VRV air handling, where needed, and shading the structure from Ahmedabad’s hot sun. Photovoltaic electric panels on the roof reduce the use of carbon fuels while shading the insulated roof from the piercing Ahmedabad sun!