The Kaira Looro Competition’s winning projects for an EOC in Sub- Saharan Africa

Emergencies strike suddenly and without warning. They level cities to the ground and tear down buildings as though they were made of sand. In almost no time at all everything is destroyed and all that remains is the realisation that you have to get up and start all over again from scratch. In recent years the occurrence of deluges and flooding have increased dramatically. Analogously, conflicts and financial crises persist and lead to serious humanitarian emergencies which put the lives of millions of people at risk. Resolving an emergency of any kind means re-establishing peace and security.
The ”Emergency Operations Centre” is the 4th of the Kaira Looro international architecture competition. This is a Non Profit competition with the aim of raising awareness among the international community about emergencies in developing countries, and support humanitarian
projects in Africa.
The past editions were dedicated to the design of a Sacred Architecture (2017), a Cultural Centre (2018) and a Peace Pavilion (2019). This year the competition aims to develop a theme of global interest: emergency, such as Tsunami, Wars, Flooding etcetera. The theme of the 2020’s competition was to design an Operational Centre for the management of humanitarian emergencies in Sub-Saharan Africa, an EOC. The architecture is intended to house and facilitate the mainly activities which international organisations and local authorities must implement in order to solve emergencies and provide aid to affected communities. The spaces should be versatile
and multifunctional, capable of adapting to specific needs and to the type and context of the emergency.
The competition has been organized by the Balouo Salo No Profit Organization, engaged in Africa to develops humanitarian projects, with the collaboration of structures of international importance and relevant collaborations such us Kengo Kuma & Associates, SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli, MMA Design Studio, international NGOs, medias and institutions.

The winners were chosen by an international jury made up of: Kengo Kuma (Kengo Kuma & Associates, Japan), Agostino Ghirardelli (SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli, Italy), Lígia Nunes (Architecture Sans Frontières International, Spain), Mphethi Morojele (MMA Design Studio, South Africa), Walter Baricchi (CNAPPC), Philippa Nyakato Tumubweinee (University of Cape Town, South Africa), Mantey Jectey-Nyarko (Kwame Nkrumah University, Ghana), and a scientific committee made up of Raoul Vecchio (Balouo Salo), Sebastiano D’Urso (University of Catania) and Moussa Soaune (Senegalese institution).

“Restoration As- Design Case of Surat Castle”| Lecture by Sumesh Modi

“Restoration As- Design Case of Surat Castle”| Lecture by Sumesh Modi

“Restoration As- Design Case of Surat Castle” by Arch. Sumesh Modi (Conservation Architect )”

Foundations – Ambuja Knowledge Centre, Ahmedabad had scheduled a Technical Lecture “Restoration As- Design Case of Surat Castle” by Arch. Sumesh Modi (Conservation Architect-Ph.d Cardiff Univ., UK)” on Wednesday 04th March, 2020 at 6.30 pm at  Foundations – Ambuja Knowledge Centre, “Ambuja House”, Parimal Cross Roads,Ellis Bridge, Ahmedabad – 380006

The Restoration project of surat castle treats the architecture to be an archive and hence envisages it as an exhbit of its own history evident in its own history evident in its construction layers. The restoration project of Surat castle combines Structural conservation, Material conservation, Artistic Interpretation adaptive reuse and recreation of history – to offer an immersive experience to its users. The talk describes the methodological choices made and operational practices undertaken to facilitate that.

Main focus of the project is authentic restoration and redevelopment for making the urban history of the city an inherent component of the citizen’s life, to integrate education, awareness about the historicity with the present day urban experience through the historical re-enchantment program at the Surat Castle. Recently this project has won prestigious award under ‘Culture & Economy’ category by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in ‘India Smart City Awards 2019’.

And how they have overcome from lack of authentic information which was there during research work, meaning there was absence of accessibility and availability of Archival data related to Surat Castle history and architecture.

Reasearch ranging from British Library to Dutch Archives, National Archives, and unpublished Collection from local historians, Local historians, local photographs, and published documents to lay conditions for authentic restoration of the castle.

  • Columbia University Library
  • British Library, London
  • Kalakrti Archives, Hyderabad
  • Phillips Antiques, Mumbai
  • French Archive, Gallica
  • Uppsala Library, Sweden
  • Jaipur Museum, Jaipur
  • Nawab Of Surat, Mir Jaffar Imam. Mumbai
  • Nawabzade of surat. Moin mir. London
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The value Based Authentic Restoration was held. The authentic restoration for making urban history of city known. Emphasis has been laid on archival research. On site sstudy of construction techniques, study of historical maps. Investigative research to look for footprints, etc. so as to conduct authentic restoration.

Project highlights different layers of History starting from

  • 1372 Taglaq era
  • 1546 Gujarat Sultanate era
  • Mughal era
  • British era
  • Dutch era
  • Post Independence era

The project highlights different layers of history starting from 1372 tughlaq era, 1546 gujarat sultanat era. Mughal era. British era. Dutch era and Post Independence Era.

The adopted Techniiques of restoration , Despite it being a unique example, are all replicable and have widespread application such as

  • Open restoration system – keeping the masonary open for citizen education
  • Use of archival data – the authentic restoration
  • Interpretive strategies – to connect people with historicity
  • Cultural Education using movie and exhibits
  • Use of independent structural elements – to drive the load from fragile walls
  • Use of traditional construction materials
  • Informed Use of new materials with modifications to get the required ambience and cost effectiveness
  • Lifestyle gallery

The project started at a small scale initially, but research and people enthusiasm and involvement lead to increase In scale of the project in terms of its area and expenditure. It is anticipated that public involvement will keep on increasing rapidly for the historic precinct which is being restored as whole.

Considering the success of the initial component of the castle Restoration project, Surat Municipal Corporation has extended the project to also include conservation and revitalization of many other historical structures as part of the city heritage square. The estimated cost of the project is now INR 154.07 crore.

About The Architect:-

Sumesh Modi holds a Master’s Degree in architectural conservation at the School of Planning and Architecture . Delhi. His work spans Architectural Practice and restoration projects. He is also associated with Raman Bhakta School of Architecture ,  Bardoli in the capacity of Director. He is Pursuing his doctoral research in traditional water systems at PRASADA, university of Cardiff. He has close to twenty years of architectural and conservation practice experience. He has provided professional services to clients such as Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Techology. METAS of Seventh Day Adventist Educational Group. Vyara Nagar Palika, Surat Municipal Corporation,  Tourism Corporation Of Gujarat Limited. Uka Tarsadiya University. Among Others.

Report By: Chitvan Raval 

Art-illation Competition Held At iDAC Expo Mumbai

Canadian Wood collaborates with iDAC Expo in Mumbai as a sustainable partner for Art-illation Competition

Mumbai, February, 2020: FII India’s brand Canadian Wood participated in the iDAC Expo held at BEC (Nesco), Goregaon, Mumbai as a sustainable partner for Art-illation competition organised at the event.

Forestry Innovation Consulting India Pvt. Ltd. (FII India) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Forestry Innovation Investment (FII) Canada; a crown agency of the government of British Columbia (B.C.), the westernmost province of Canada. Canadian Wood was established in 2013 to promote B.C., Canada as a global supplier of quality, environmentally-responsible wood products from sustainably managed forests.

Art-illation, a national level competition organised for artists, architects, interior designers, sculptors, and art enthusiast at the iDAC expo to showcase their talent via art installation saw renowned artists from all over the country.  Out of the ten artists selected for the competition, six of them used Canadian Wood species to create a warm and inspirational display through 6 different wall designs.

The themed wall designs curated by the following six architects using different Canadian Wood species were namely; Gautam Naik in Spruce-pine-fir (SPF) and Western Red Cedar; Tushar Kothavde in Western Hemlock; Behzad in Spruce-pine-fir (SPF) for Frame and Western Hemlock for design; Amit Gandhi in Spruce-pine-fir (SPF) for Frame and Western Hemlock for design; Milind Pai in Western Hemlock and Spruce-pine-fir; Pravir Sethi in Western Hemlock & Douglas Fir.

The artists, architects, interior designers, sculptors and art enthusiasts were highly impressed with the versatility of the Canadian Wood species; hence it presented them with many possibilities to design in wood for various applications in future.

Façade Evolution by Ar. Milind Pai: Architect Milind Pai’s ‘FACADE EVOLUTION’ is created with Western hemlock and Spruce-pine-fir. Western hemlock with its ability to plane and shape well along with Spruce-pine-fir with its bright appearance make this art-illation the magic that it is!


Cityscape by Ar. Amit Gandhi: Artist and Interior Designer Amit Gandhi has created his art-illation at the iDAC Expo, 2020 by merging the strength, dimensional stability and superior gluing properties of the Spruce-Pine-Fir with the even grain excellent machining properties of the Western Hemlock to create this ‘CITYSCAPE’. The statuesque skyline acts as a canvas for the inhabitants of the city to paint their thoughts and stories on it.


In search of greens: Ar. Tushar Kothawade has used Western hemlock to create his Art-illation ‘IN SEARCH OF GREENS..!!’ Western hemlock with its good staining and painting properties and its ability to shape well and polish beautifully makes it a great choice for creating a layered effect


Chairs: Ar. Pravir Sethi has his key interest in installations and interactive systems. For his art-illation ‘CHAIRS! TO ART’ at the iDAC Expo, 2020 he has used Western Hemlock and Douglas fir – the timber in itself being the green product. Douglas fir has an excellent strength-to-weight ratio, this coupled with Western Hemlock’s excellent machining properties proved to be the winning combination in creating an art installation that also doubles up as pieces of furniture


Speaking about the partnership, Pranesh Chhibber, Country Director, FII-India said“FII-India is a recognized supplier of wood sourced from sustainably managed forests in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, meeting the environmental, social and economic needs of current and future generations.  It is an esteem pleasure to collaborate with iDAC Expo as a sustainable partner for the Art-illation competition. Canadian Wood species provided endless opportunities to the participants to experiment and design using wood and it was demonstrated well at the competition.”


About Forestry Innovation Consulting Pvt Ltd (Canadian Wood)

FII is a crown agency of the government of British Columbia (B.C.), the western most province of Canada. Its mandate is to promote wood products from B.C. Canada in the offshore markets and to position it as a global supplier of quality, environmentally-responsible wood products from sustainably managed forests by creating awareness and spreading education through information on the wide variety of timber products available from B.C. Canada and the technical support. Its brand/logo Canadian Wood was established in 2013 to reach out to and the ease of understanding of its activities by its target audience globally.

Mr. Dikshu C. Kukreja bestowed with the Bharat Shiromani Award

Ø  Mr. Dikshu C. Kukreja, Managing Principal of C P Kukreja Architects, has been felicitated with the Bharat Shiromani Award for Excellence in Architecture 2018-19

Ø  This is the first time ever that an architect has been honored by the Institute

Ø  The firm CPKA is based out of New Delhi, India and has an impressive portfolio of 800+ projects spread in over 30 countries worldwide

Ø  The multi-disciplinary firm has an employee strength of 250+ professionals and completes 50 years in the field in 2019

New Delhi, April 2019: Mr. Dikshu C. Kukreja, Managing Principal of the New Delhi based renowned firm CP Kukreja Architects has been bestowed with the Bharat Shiromani Award for the year 2018-19 for Excellence in Architecture. For the first time ever, an architect has been honored by the Shiromani Institute for their valuable contribution and exemplary works to the field. Mr. Dikshu C. Kukreja was presented the honor by Lord Swraj Paul in the presence of Ambassadors of Iceland and Slovenia.

The prestigious Award is awarded to select few dignitaries by the Shiromani Institute which is a non-profit voluntary organisation. Other past recipients of the Award include stalwarts like Mother Teresa, Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Lata Mangeshkar and the Dalai Lama for their exemplary contributions to society.


Mr. Dikshu C. Kukreja is a Gold Medalist from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, India. He attended the prestigious Taliesin Fellowship at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, USA. After this, he received his Masters of Architecture & Urban Design from Harvard University. He was elected the founding Vice President of Asia GSD, which grew to become one of the largest student organizations at Harvard University. Later, he came to be the youngest and the first architect to be elected as the President of Harvard Club of India.

He has worked in India, France and USA and has lectured and taught at institutions both, in India and abroad. He has been Guest Writer for The Times of India and Hindustan Times newspapers, talking extensively about Urban Issues. He was also featured by CNBC TV on the programme ‘Young Turks’ and is a regular contributor to discussions and debates on National television. He was selected as the Cultural Ambassador by Govt. of Finland. He is a Member, Governing Body, Sushant School of Art & Architecture.


A Glimpse to Dikshu C Kukreja’s Vision

A style statement is how we let our passion reflect’, believes Dikshu C. Kukrejawho has been running the Cat A architecture thrown in India started 50 years back. Running India’s one of the top tier architecture firms is not just a business for Dikshu but his passion for making the walls speak people’s dreams.

Receiving his B.ArchHonours as Gold Medalist from School of Planning & Architecture, Dikshu from the very beginning has curated his professional roadmap amalgamating his passion of vising different countries and witnessing diverse construction, reflecting the journey of different cultures. He attended the prestigious Taliesin Fellowship at Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, USA and received his Masters of Architecture & Urban Design from Harvard University and since then has been curving notes of success in the country and abroad.

Dikshuhas been elected as the founding Vice President of Asia GSD, which grew to become one of the largest student organizations at Harvard University. He has worked in India, France and USA and has lectured and taught at institutions both in India and abroad.  He was selected as Cultural Ambassador by Govt. of Finland. He is Member, Governing Body, Sushant School of Art & Architecture and elected as the youngest President of Harvard Club of India and the first architect to achieve this distinction.


About CP Kukreja Architects

Started in 1969 with a vision to redefine architecture and planning in India, CPKA is one of the most revered architectural firms in the country. They have been contributing to the field for almost 50 years. Their integrated practice undertakes consultancy in Master Planning, Architecture Urban Design, Structural and Civil Engineering, Electrical, Plumbing and Sanitary Engineering, Air-conditioning and FDV System, Fire Fighting System, Quantity Surveying and Estimating, and Project Management. CPKA’s multi-disciplinary approach is the reason for creation of some of the most iconic buildings across the globe in addition to their commitment to design excellence through innovation and sustainability. They are an ISO 9001-2001 certified firm and a member of the Indian Green Building Council. The firm has been ranked amongst the top 100 design firms in the world in 2018 by a UK-based institution ‘World Architecture’ alongside winning the BUILD Review’s 2018 Architecture Innovation Awards, wherein CPKA has been recognized as the ‘Most Innovative Indian Architectural Design Firm for the year 2018’, amongst other numerous awards.


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.



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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.


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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:
Download the announcement of competition (en | fr | it | es | pt | 中国語 | العربي ) :


Competition Web Site:
For more information: [email protected]


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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 | [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