Con­ven­tion by CREDAI and IIA in Kolkata


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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.

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