Convention by CREDAI and IIA in Kolkata
CREDAI and IIA
Presented jointly by CREDAI (Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India) Bengal, the apex body representing India’s real estate developers and the IIA (Indian Institute of Architects), an international symposium titled ‘Connecting Histories: Shifting Cultures and Shrinking Collections — An Architects’ Convention’ highlighted the interconnectedness between local, regional, national and transnational commitment and the greater role of architecture in this sphere. The convention was part of the CIMA Awards: The Kolkata Art Festival 2017. CREDAI Bengal plays a unique role in the shaping of policy, architecture and other ancillary verticals related to the realm of urban infrastructure. The twoday symposium was held at the JW Marriott Hotel, Kolkata, between 3-4 March 2017.
George Ferguson, former president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the first elected mayor of Bristol, delivered the keynote address, throwing light on the broad themes of restoration, conservation, planning, and the adaptive reuse of heritage properties. Other speakers included architect Leila Araghian from Iran; Palina Kannangara of Sri Lanka; Boston-based Pratap Talwar; Colombian Alejandro Echeverri; Juergen Mayer of Germany; Sameep Padora and Kaiwan Mehta, both from Mumbai; Joy Sen from IIT Kharagpur; and Chennai-based Biju Kuriakose. The convention was inaugurated by Firhad Hakim, the minister for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs. It was an amalgamation of ideas where city-based developers exchanged notes and interacted with some of the most prominent architects from across the world.