Managing the PANGS of growth

M. Soundariya Preetha
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Property sector in Coimbatore is growing but is also confronted by a host of factors, writes M. Soundariya Preetha

The property sector in Coimbatore is growing. But, the growth is also confronted by a host of factors that are challenging – rules that do not give room for current space demands, a client base that wants modern lifestyle, market flooded by high technology gadgets, and increasing prices.

O. Lakshmanan, the newly-elected chairman of the Indian Institute of Architects, Coimbatore, spoke to The Hindu Habitat on these:


When an architect sits down with the client to discuss a project, priority is to get some basic information, including the budget that the client has planned for.

Some customers want more functional and utilitarian elements, some others want to spend for status. During the course of discussions, the architect also finds out about the requirements of the property user – the number of people who will be residing in the house, their age, business, etc. These help design the space.


The recent trend is investment by Non-Residential Indians.

Though they will visit the city just once a year or just for a few days in a year, they want several facilities and these need to be well-maintained.

Properties developed in the recent years have a lot of open space in the interiors.

“Design of space should reflect our culture, way of living,” he says.

Some of the factors that supplement this are modern materials, gadgets, etc.

While use of modern materials depends on affordability, automations can be need-based.

For instance, security gadgets are becoming an essential now.

Automations have advanced to a large extent and the local conditions may not be conducive for adoption of all these.

“Rules should inspire creativity.” Karnataka, especially in Bangalore, and Kerala have flexible rules. If a house should be built on a river bank, it could be permitted ensuring that the water body is not affected.

If the property is for rental purpose, then the clients tend to capitalise on the space available.

Any earlier development (neighbourhoods that were developed years ago), even in other countries, have wall-to-wall constructions because the area gets densely populated with growth.

Multi-storeyed buildings should not be permitted in these areas.

If such buildings are inevitable, then measures should be taken to ensure that they have all the safety provisions.


  • Use of modern materials

    depends on affordability

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  • Security gadgets are becoming

    an essential

    thing now

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  • Karnataka

    and Kerala

    have flexible rules

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