Sachin Gore­gaoker & Ar. Ra­jan Gore­gaoker, GA de­sign

GA de­sign

MGS Architecture - - Changing Face of Indian Architecture -

Ar­chi­tects are think­ing out of the box try­ing to merge global in­flu­ences with lo­cal in­ge­nu­ity.

Sus­tain­abil­ity is the buzz­word for ar­chi­tec­ture to­day and pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment is the top pri­or­ity in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try. En­ergy con­ser­va­tion, ef­fi­cient plan­ning use of en­vi­ron­ment-friendly ma­te­ri­als and pro­vid­ing green cover are grad­u­ally be­com­ing the norm in the prac­tice of ar­chi­tec­ture. Build­ing de­sign is pro­gress­ing to flu­idic forms and peo­ple are open to new trends. Hav­ing said that, the façade de­sign will con­tinue to be gov­erned by lo­cal by­laws of each re­gion and could some­times be re­stric­tive. How­ever, ar­chi­tects are think­ing out of the box try­ing to merge global in­flu­ences with lo­cal in­ge­nu­ity, es­pe­cially in high-rise tow­ers.

Use of mod­ern tech­nolo­gies can take cre­ativ­ity to a dif­fer­ent level; you can con­vert your imag­i­na­tion into re­al­ity as the new soft­ware can help you con­struct forms you can­not draw.

Rhino has been dis­cov­ered by ar­chi­tects over the past few years for these very rea­sons. It is light in its data base, easy to learn, easy to use and very cost-ef­fec­tive in com­par­i­son to the oth­ers. As dig­i­tal mod­els have started to stream­line the de­sign process with their ease of use and fast and ac­cu­rate re­sults, Rhino with its abil­ity to con­sis­tently pan, zoom, and ro­tate views around drawn com­po­nents, de­sign­ers have am­pli­fied this unique tool in the work­place.

BIM is slowly but surely re­plac­ing CAD as the pre­ferred medium for plan­ning and mod­el­ling AEC projects, trans­form­ing the fu­ture of build­ings, de­sign, and con­struc­tion and it will soon take the ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice a step fur­ther.

By au­tomat­ing de­sign op­ti­miza­tion, com­put­ers will be able to au­to­mat­i­cally sort through thou­sands of pos­si­ble de­sign per­mu­ta­tions and se­lect the top de­signs that meet a project’s re­quire­ments. It’s a promis­ing fu­ture wherein build­ings, de­sign and con­struc­tion will be cheaper, safer, more ef­fi­cient, and more re­spon­sive to end-users.

Mod­ern and tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als can co-ex­ist de­pend­ing on how you choose to use them.

Tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als have al­ways been there de­spite new in­no­va­tions and are here to stay as they are time-tested and en­vi­ron­ment friendly. Along with the new in­no­va­tions in build­ing ma­te­ri­als that are hap­pen­ing con­sis­tently over the past decades, tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als are be­ing used but with a mod­ern take. Dif­fer­ent kinds of treat­ment to wood, plas­tic, glass and nat­u­ral stone to cre­ate fa­cades are tak­ing prece­dence over the stan­dard norms. But

hav­ing said that, the dis­tinc­tion between the tra­di­tional and the new ma­te­ri­als also de­pends on the kind of struc­ture you are want­ing to cre­ate. A com­mer­cial build­ing will have more use of glass, steel and com­pos­ite pan­els, whereas ar­chi­tects are ex­per­i­ment­ing with the tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als al­beit in a dif­fer­ent form and tex­ture for res­i­den­tial projects.mmod­ern meth­ods are un­likely to re­place labour com­pletely.

Mod­ern con­struc­tion tech­niques like pre­fab and dry­wall are un­likely to re­place labour com­pletely.

Mod­ern tech­niques of con­struc­tion re­duce time­lines for project com­ple­tion con­sid­er­ably and pro­vide free­dom for creative de­sign. We are now able to de­sign aes­thetic fa­cades and cre­ate dif­fer­ent ef­fects with the use of these tech­niques. How­ever, they are more ex­pen­sive and as labour is rel­a­tively cheaper in In­dia, mod­ern meth­ods are un­likely to re­place labour com­pletely.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of RERA has been a big boon to the in­dus­try.

RERA has re­sulted in more trans­parency and has sped up the process time taken for per­mis­sions. Projects will now be com­pleted on time as strict ad­her­ence to dead­lines is manda­tory. New DC rules to be an­nounced by the govern­ment are ea­gerly awaited as it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how devel­op­ment will change af­ter its im­ple­men­ta­tion. How­ever, world-class build­ing de­signs are still not pos­si­ble as ar­chi­tects are still bound by re­gional by-laws, which re­strict cre­ativ­ity sig­nif­i­cantly.

Kal­pataru Sparkle - a res­i­den­tial com­plex in Ban­dra (E), Mum­bai

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