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Constructive Display: A range of products associated with the construction sector are on display at the ‘Inside Outside Mega Show’ that opened on Thursday. —
Constructive Display: A range of products associated with the construction sector are on display at the ‘Inside Outside Mega Show’ that opened on Thursday. —

Staff Reporter

‘Inside Outside Mega Show’ begins at Chennai Trade Centre

“Many residential complexes coming up in India resemble microrayon models”

CHENNAI: Need for effective monitoring of major construction projects and sustainable solutions for energy efficiency was stressed at a panel discussion on ‘Green architecture and the city,’ which was held as part of the ‘Inside Outside Mega Show’ here on Thursday.

Speaking on gentrification, Sheila Sriprakash, an architect, said that in line with Western countries, many slums in Chennai have been upgraded into posh localities by displacing its original residents.

“Displacement in the name of development is an unsustainable idea. Inclusive improvement must be ensured. Realtors and constructors must look at ways to come up with huge projects without disturbing the dwellers,” she said. She also touched upon the issues concerning the ownership of common area and challenges in enforcing the laws.

Village constructions

Madras Craft Association founder Deborah Thiagarajan said rural architecture shows minimalist approach to construction and also ways to reuse the materials.

She urged students of architecture to visit rural areas and observe the aesthetics and greener aspects of the constructions.

“While many village constructions might be energy-intense, a study of rural architecture would help broaden the perspective of the students.”

On Russia’s model of ‘Microrayon’ – a concept of structured residential area, architect Anahitha Anandam said that many residential complexes coming up in India resemble microrayon models and are bound by certain structural limits.

While such structures in Russia have given way to more aesthetic constructions, India has just caught up with the idea of building similar ones.

Subbiah, an architect, presented case studies about a green building project in Mumbai. Architect Vineeta Badawe encouraged architecture students to think out-of-box to design interesting and energy-efficient structures that reduce environmental damage.

Geetha Doctor of ‘Inside Outside’ magazine, who was the moderator, suggested that infrastructure plans must be drafted by anticipating denser cities.

Indian Institute of Architecture, Tamil Nadu Chapter, Chairman Fenn Rajaratnam and Business India Exhibitions vice-president (Branding) Mohini Kewalramani participated.

Exhibition opens

The four-day ‘Inside Outside Mega Show’ at Chennai Trade Centre, Nandambakkam, was inaugurated by architect Krithika Subrahmanian of Krithika Subrahmanian and Associates.

The expo features displays of products associated with the construction sector. Over 180 stalls with products under various categories such as lightings, furniture, designer doors, gates, paints, modular kitchens, sanitaryware and floor tiles are on display. The exhibition is open till August 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. till Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

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