Vice President calls for the adoption of Green and Sustainable Architecture

Deepali Pandit
Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu

Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today called upon the architects of the country to adopt and promote Green Architecture. He said that the use of renewable energy sources such as solar energy should be encouraged in the upcoming building projects.

Addressing the online inaugural ceremony of the online National Convention of the Indian Institute of Architects: IIA NATCON 2020-TRANSCEND, the Vice President emphasised on the need to ensure that habitats were not destroyed in order the process of making space for new infrastructure.

He said that the right balance between aesthetics and sustainability in building any structure was needed. He said, “Buildings are for the use by human beings; therefore the basic requirement of comfortable living must get precedence over everything else.”

Vice President said that the projects undertaken by the architects must be in sync with the requirements of the local people. He pointed out that structures should be built in such a way that enough natural light and ventilation is there for the residents. “The aim should be to build structures that not only provide shelter and security but also provide comfort and safety,” he added.

Vice President called for taking inspiration from the diverse architecture of India and asked to take the legacy forward by adopting the designs and concepts that are environment-friendly and best suit the needs of the people in the current times.

Mentioning the Smart City Mission, Vice President Naidu said that in order to promote the culture and heritage of the area, local artists and artisans must be engaged in these projects. “This will not only keep the essence of the culture of the place alive but will also encourage and give employment to the immensely talented craftsmen,” he added.

The Vice President said that Architects need to explore new ideas and create a dialogue across design boundaries to help find solutions that can address the pandemic and its aftermath.” The design fraternity needs to regroup and look for solutions to the problems created by the current crisis, while envisioning ways to tackle future threats,” he added.