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 On Day 2 of the ‘Jaipur Architecture Festival’ (JAF) several presentations were made by eminent architects from India and abroad on the theme – ‘Language in Architecture’ at JECC, Sitpura today. JAF, being held concurrently with ‘India Stonemart’, was attended by stalwarts of the architecture industry, practicing architects from Rajasthan and other districts as well as teaching faculties and students from architectural institutions and colleges.


Highlighting the need for sustainable development, Ar. Chetna Pant said that there is a dire need to look for ways and means for cutting down the impact on the environment. Sustainable architecture needs to be taken up at the design, construction and ready stage of development. The main challenges in creating sustainable spaces for large scale projects are – energy conservation and material selection.

Architect and Light Specialist, Dr. Acharawan Chutarat from Thailand spoke on ‘How Lighting Strategies Improve Stone Design in Architecture’. She said that lighting design is an effective way to represent space and thinking process. She explored the concepts of light and space, light and idea as well as light and human. She further said that lighting design goals vary depending on mood and emotion, identity of space as well as responsibility to environment.

Presenting an ode to stone, Ar. Viraj Chatterjee from Hong Kong said that owing to strength, texture, versatility and uniqueness, stone can be used in multifarious ways. Reciting verse of wall, paving, steps, textures, among others, he further said that stone is the only material which can be used to create a variety of expressions and different finishes.

Later there was also a session themed on ‘The Vernacular – Sustainable Landscape’. The session explored topics like – ‘The Usage of stone in Architecture and Construction of Modern Hindu Temples in Malaysia’; ‘Fluidity in Architecture’; ‘Inspiring Happiness – the Architecture of Bhutan’ and ‘Context and the Pavilions’.

Traditional architectural solutions are in our surroundings and architects have gotten carried away with rapid urbanization and need for modernization. Although the concept of green buildings have become popular, they are being built for pride and profit more than the planet and its people. This was stated by eminent architect, Qazi Arif from Bangladesh. He was speaking on the topic ‘Green Building, Green Planet – Discourse and Directions’ on the second day of the Jaipur Architecture Festival. The presentations were followed by an interactive panel discussion where the students had the opportunity to ask questions to the panel.

It is to be recalled that India Stonemart is being organised by Centre for Development of Stones (CDOS) with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as co-organiser and is supported by the Government of Rajasthan and other reputed institutions. Rajasthan State Industrial Development & Investment Corporation Ltd. (RIICO) is the Principal Sponsor of the event.

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In the outdoor area of ‘India Stonemart 2019’, the machinery section has on display modern technology of stone processing and cutting. The fraternity of the stone industry is showing huge interest in marble and granite cutting, grinding and polishing machinery. The machines displayed here include –Gang Saw, Line Polishing, Multi Cutting, Gantry Crane, among others. Apart from this, those visitors who are interested in expanding their industrial trade were attracted to machinery for bridge cutting, calibration, moulding as well as edge cutting. It is worth noting that some machines have been manufactured in Rajasthan as well as other States of the country and are being exported internationally

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