Prem Nath, Prem Nath & As­so­ci­ates

Prem Nath & As­so­ci­ates

MGS Architecture - - Changing Face of Indian Architecture -

With ac­cess to in­ter­na­tional mar­kets in terms of con­cepts and ma­te­ri­als, ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign has evolved in In­dia.

With the world get­ting smaller by the day, and a lot of In­ter­na­tional brands now avail­able in In­dia – the en­tire realty sec­tor has and is evolv­ing with a lot of in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ence. Ar­chi­tec­turally, the stan­dard­iza­tion has im­proved, qual­ity of de­signs w.r.t. not only plan­ning but even façade, ser­vices and sys­tems have got a boost. Sim­i­larly, the meth­ods of con­struc­tion, use of ma­te­ri­als, etc., have changed for the bet­ter, with qual­ity and faster devel­op­ment; and with ac­cess to the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket in terms of con­cepts and ma­te­ri­als, the de­signs too have evolved in a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion.

Es­pe­cially in In­dia, in the last 10 years, build­ing de­signs have not only evolved w.r.t., the in­ter­na­tional trends & stan­dards, but one must also ac­cept that they are much more er­gonomic in de­sign. Safety & se­cu­rity sys­tems are now part of each build­ing de­sign, be it the en­trance boom bol­lards, the metal de­tec­tors, CCTV mon­i­tor­ing of pub­lic spa­ces, or the emer­gency evac­u­a­tion plans. These are ma­jor in­flu­ences that have oc­curred glob­ally due to the cur­rent world sce­nario.

Tech­nol­ogy and soft­ware tools have brought bet­ter ac­cu­racy, bet­ter co­or­di­na­tion and a high level of fi­nesse in de­sign rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

It all starts from the heart and the brains and then ma­te­ri­al­ized by the hand. The good old hand that used to make sketches on paper with pencil & pen, to­day, has got ex­tra tools to ex­press it­self. This has brought bet­ter ac­cu­racy, bet­ter co­or­di­na­tion and a high level of fi­nesse in de­sign rep­re­sen­ta­tion. How­ever, all this is pos­si­ble only if one can cre­ate well with ones’ heart and mind. BIM soft­ware has en­abled a lot of pre-vi­su­al­iza­tion of how the sys­tems, ser­vices & the build­ing shall in­ter­act and/or be­have once put to­gether. This en­ables bet­ter ac­cu­racy to pre-plan things, but again, their im­ple­men­ta­tion is left to hu­man hands – the skill of the work­men.

The Green Rev­o­lu­tion has fur­ther evolved ba­sic ma­te­ri­als like red brick and bam­boo.

Most build­ings since many decades, and even to­day, have been us­ing a lot of bricks for ma­sonry, tim­ber for doors frames and fur­ni­ture, bam­boo for con­struc­tion, and so on. It is agreed that steel and glass along with com­pos­ite

ma­te­ri­als have brought in new trends and en­able dif­fer­ent ideas, how­ever, sim­ple brick and mor­tar are here to stay for a long while. At the same time, what has hap­pened is that the Green Rev­o­lu­tion has evolved these ba­sic ma­te­ri­als from red bricks to fly ash bricks, reg­u­lar tim­ber to FSC cer­ti­fied tim­ber, com­pos­ite bam­boo prod­ucts, and so on.

Pre­fab con­struc­tion tech­niques are the fu­ture of con­struc­tion in In­dia.

Tech­niques like PEB, Pre-cast & Dry­wall have been in In­dia since quite a while now, but it is only now that these tech­niques have evolved with bet­ter use. This is be­cause the is­sues re­lated to pre and post con­struc­tion have been now mit­i­gated; and the need for faster and eco­nomic devel­op­ment has fur­ther pro­moted use of such tech­niques. So, one can say that these are the fu­ture of con­struc­tion. Ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign of build­ing doesn’t ma­jorly get im­pacted in-terms of any rigid­ity be­ing faced, in fact, these tech­niques have given a more free hand to ar­chi­tects to de­sign bet­ter in terms of aes­thet­ics, fin­ish (read work­man­ship) and strength.

With the ‘correction’ go­ing on in the real es­tate mar­ket, only those who can pro­vide good qual­ity and ser­vice will sur­vive.

The con­struc­tion in­dus­try is ever evolv­ing with new tech­nol­ogy and tech­niques be­ing de­vel­oped and be­ing made avail­able ev­ery now and then. How­ever, the cur­rent (so called) chal­lenge that one faces is the ‘correction’ that the real es­tate mar­ket is go­ing through. Now, only the tough (in terms of qual­ity and ser­vice) will sur­vive. Again, de­spite the in­tro­duc­tion of RERA for a more pos­i­tive work­ing with com­mit­ment to qual­ity, time­li­ness, etc, it is not be­ing done by project pro­mot­ers. This will take a few more years, by when a ‘pos­i­tive rip­ple ef­fect’ will ma­te­ri­al­ize in con­sumers.


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